2022-2023 Inclusive
Playground
Transformation

Hello Friends of CADES,

We cannot thank you enough for your patience in regards to our playground. Moving forward, we will be using this page on our website to update you on where we are in our plans related to the playground.

With that in mind, we want to provide you with a detailed update on where we are right now. Whenever we have new updates, we will alert people on our social media (Facebook and Instagram accounts) that we have new updates on our playground.

Playground Updates

What has happened: 

  • The “useful life” for playground surfaces and equipment is 15 to 20 years.  
  • The decision was made in October to close the playground because we could no longer patch the playing surface, and multiple pieces of equipment needed to be replaced.  

Timelines & Detours 

  • We originally hoped to have the playground updated by late spring of this year and an official opening by September 2022.   
  • However, the biggest challenge that we are encountering is the effects that the supply chain slowdowns have had on the shipment dates of any new playground equipment, thus affecting when we would be able to begin the work of building the new playground.   
  • Our original goal to purchase equipment by June 1st will result in best-case scenario delivery sometime in mid-October, too late to pour and cure the playground surface after the equipment has been installed.   
  • Our new timeline: install and opening between May – August 2023. 

Silver-lining 

  • Playground equipment has evolved significantly in the past 20 years.  The play structure and numerous pieces of equipment will encourage inclusive play, where 2-4 children of all abilities can play together at the same time. 
  • Our new playground will include:
    • A new play design, with ramps to mobilize to multiple places, high and low, and all around the main structure. 
    • Launch pads for individuals to transition from wheelchair to the play structure. 
    • Multiple (10+) inclusive play components. 
    • A quiet playground, separate from the main play area for those who prefer less stimulation, need a place to warm up or a place to cool down. 
    • A music garden! Yes! A new play space will be constructed to the right of the building with outdoor musical instruments that are part of a sensory garden for visual, auditory, and kinesthetic stimulation. 
    • The adapted basketball court (back by popular demand!) 
    • Shade to block direct sun in key areas of the playground (i.e. adapted swing area) 

Fund-raising 

  • The playground renovation will cost just over $1 million to complete, and since November, we are almost three quarters of the way there! 
  • There will be a number of community fundraising activities coming up in the spring.  Please be on the lookout for:
    • Social Media campaigns designed to help us meet our financial goal. 
    • Invitations to events hosted by CADES and GCMS Parent Group coming spring and fall (such as Designer Bingo on May 21st!)
    • Community events in Wallingford, Swarthmore, Springfield, Media, Broomall, and Ridley, as well as through the Swarthmore Rec Association, to raise funds through the thousands of families who have played at the CADES Playground over the past 15 years. 
  • Do you have personal or professional connections to local small businesses or larger corporations that are philanthropic? Share your contact information with our Director of Development Jessie Robinson (Jessie.robinson@cades.org)! 

Planning 

  • We have sought out and received essential feedback from GCMS staff focus groups, using the subject-matter expertise of occupational, physical, behavioral, vision, and speech therapists, paraeducators, teachers, and administrators to make recommendations for what equipment and design would provide BIG impact. 
  • Our structural engineer, Nick Cirilli, of Cirilli Associates, who is more than just a “vendor,” with decades of experience supporting building projects at CADES, has completed the environmental site survey, which is now in the hands of our playground equipment vendor. 
  • Using the feedback from our focus groups as well as the site survey, our playground equipment vendor will be preparing a first draft of both of our playground areas, which will then undergo another round of feedback. 

Interim Plan for Play 

  • We know this delayed opening is disappointing to say the least, and we share that feeling. 
  • Beginning in the spring, we will be working closely with staff to provide opportunities to get outside as well as create temporary outdoor play activities. 

Next Steps 

  • We will continue to update you as decisions, events and picture renderings become available (click the link above to see the summary of our inclusive playground plan). We recognize the continued sacrifice the playground closure means to you and your family.  We will do everything we can to make it worth the wait 😊. 

Hello Friends of CADES,

We cannot thank you enough for your patience in regards to our playground. Moving forward, we will be using this page on our website to update you on where we are in our plans related to the playground.

With that in mind, we want to provide you with a detailed update on where we are right now. Whenever we have new updates, we will alert people on our social media (Facebook and Instagram accounts) that we have new updates on our playground.

How You Can HELP

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"It's kind of hard to put into words how I feel about you guys and how much you've done for William. We'll be forever and always grateful."

Terry B. - parent

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