Menomonee Falls kids design all-inclusive playground

Posted at 4:51 PM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 19:26:13-04

Kindergarten, first and second graders at Shady Lane Elementary in Menomonee Falls are designing an all-inclusive playground.

The project is called Community at Play, and it's being spearheaded by Sarah Johnson. Her daughter, Vivian, is going to school there next year, and needs a playground for children of all abilities.

"It's just so promising to see the future generations get excited about including everyone and no discriminating or trying to leave other kids out,"  Johnson said.

The kids thought up all kinds of ideas including seesaws, ramps, slides, rock walls, and monkey bars.

It's up to New York-based designer Jim Houghton of Leathers and Associates to carry out the master vision.

"I get to sit down and figure out how many of them I can, as I say, cram into the playground. That's, that's the challenge," he said.

No challenge is too great, and Houghton is honored, "It's the most useful and important thing that someone with my skill set can do."

Houghton will unveil his playground plan Saturday, September 23rd, during a vendor fair at the school. 

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