Inclusive Play

September 2019 View more

It has been a team effort to bring an all-inclusive playground to the Lisle Park District, which is expected to begin construction in Community Park (1825 Short St.) this fall. The idea began with Lisle Park District director Dan Garvy, who also serves as president of SEASPAR’s Board of Directors, which led to discussions with Little Tikes and the nonprofit Unlimited Play. Matt Corso and Greg Pavesich from SEASPAR, Lisle resident Sharon Helderle, as well as a team of park district employees have also been involved in the project.

A few months into the process, Lisle resident Jill Magsam Zmaczynski emailed Garvy with an inquiry about making new playgrounds more accessible, prompting him to invite her to join the project. As a mother to a 3-year-old with a rare, genetic neuromuscular condition, Zmaczynski has a very personal connection to the cause. “When we go to a playground, [my daughter] looks for one or two pieces of equipment she can sit on,” she explains. “Her opportunities for interaction are limited, especially with me constantly by her side spotting her or moving her around.”

Zmaczynski and her family are looking forward to a playground that will allow both her children to play side by side. “Making a playground inclusive doesn’t make it less appealing or functional for people who don’t need those inclusive aspects,” she notes. “The unique aspects make it more appealing for everyone.” 

Discovery Playground, set to break ground this month, will create new opportunities for all children to connect, learn, and grow in a safe environment. The Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation is currently raising money to help offset the cost of the project. To make a donation or learn more about the fundraiser, visit—MD

Photo courtesy Lisle Park District