Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Clemyjontri Park- "There is something for everyone"

 I can't even tell you how excited I was that this week's playgroup was held at Clemyjontri Park in McLean, VA. I have heard so much about this park since I first moved to the area and jumped for joy when I knew this week we would get the chance. Thanks to our good friend, Steph, we were able to join her and her adorable daughter on this playgroup outing.

This park pulls on my heart strings. Especially as this month is Autism Awareness month around the world.
It's a "unique playground where children of all abilities can play side-by-side. It is a playground where every child is welcome. This park is a place where children who use wheelchairs, walkers or braces, or who have sensory or developmental disabilities, can have a parallel playground experience of fun and exploration. "

 Taryn played all morning long, discovering the fire truck play equipment, jumping into the rocking cars, swinging, and playing the drums. She only asked where the sand was once (her current love) but there is no sand pit. I was actually happy about that today because it made more time for Taryn to explore (and less sand for mommy to remove from her toes & hair later!) The ground is all rubber surfaced for wheelchair access which is great for moms with little babies- just follow your kid around (it's a HUGE park!) and don't worry about the stroller not being able to fit anywhere or getting stuck in the sand.

Anyways...I just loved our outing today. It's always fun to eat lunch with friends, have your kids play together, and discover a new place. I always love that "just got sun" feeling on my face & arms and knowing that Taryn will be out cold in a matter of minutes once we start the drive home. It's such a wonderful thing that there is a park that exists like this. I almost cried when I read about the "Liberty Swing" which allows children confined to wheelchairs the ability to experience what it's like to swing back and forth, at actual swing levels. If I have a child with special needs, I know that this park will mean even more to me as a mom.

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