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Ribbon Cut for Adaptive Playground in New Hampshire

Ribbon cutting for the adaptive playground

Northfield, NH – Spaulding Academy & Family Services recently held the grand opening of its state-of-the-art adaptive playground. The occasion was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Lakes Region Chamber.

The event included fresh tacos and treats from food trucks, lemonade from a student-run lemonade stand, face painting, and more. Event attendees also interacted with local fire departments who brought their trucks.

Adaptive playground

The new adaptive playground at Spaulding Academy & Family Services is one of the largest in the region with over 10,300sf of play area. With careful consideration and expertise from Spaulding occupational therapists, physical therapists, teachers, residential staff, and facilities team, the entire Spaulding Family worked together with its partners Miracle Recreation and Pettinelli & Associates to build a playground that would be inclusive and fun for everyone.

“We are thrilled to unveil our new adaptive playground, which embodies the critical work we do at Spaulding Academy & Family Services,” said Todd Emmons, president and CEO of Spaulding Academy & Family Services. “We firmly believe that every child deserves a childhood, and with this playground, a child in a wheelchair can roll across the surface, access the swing set, and ride on a spinner. All children can challenge their motor skills, balance, and upper body strength in an inviting and inclusive space that will positively impact the lives of countless children and families for years to come.”

“I have been eagerly anticipating this day for a very long time,” said Michael Ventura, board chair of Spaulding Academy & Family Services. “It is disheartening to think that some children are unable fully participate on a traditional playground. That is why we have put in extensive work, planning, and patience to create a playground that is custom made to cater to the unique needs of the children at Spaulding. This playground is a testament to our unwavering commitment to inclusivity and ensuring that every child can experience the joy of play.”