Linwood is raising money to build a new playground for our students in 2017. We launched our campaign to Give the Gift of Play in November 2016 and hope to raise at least $10,000 from our supporters to help us complete this project.
Linwood School’s playground was built in 2006, back when our school population was approximately 25 students. Today, Linwood has 47 students and we expect that number to continue growing. Within the next year, we hope to build a new playground that will suit our growing population and provide more equipment variety as well as opportunities for physical, social, and developmental growth.
Our goals for the new playground include:
- Safe surfacing: Linwood’s current playground is surfaced by rubber mulch. This surface is not ideal because it requires regular replacement, poses a tripping hazard, and presents a challenge for students who are affected by pica. We hope to replace the current surface with a poured-in-place rubber surface to eliminate these issues.
- New fencing: Linwood’s current fencing around the perimeter of the playground needs to be replaced as age has taken its toll.
- New Equipment: Linwood would like to renovate our playground with new equipment that will meet our students’ wants and needs while providing great opportunities for staying active, learning new skills, and engaging in cooperative play. This includes sensory stimulating elements; swing, movement and spinning structures; climbing structures and slides; and interactive group equipment.
Linwood School is committed to providing students with a well-rounded learning experience. To that end, we know that a safe, engaging and enjoyable space for play is a necessary component of our students’ educational experience. The importance of play for children on the autism spectrum lies in the opportunities for critical life skill development, such as language, problem solving, creative development, emotional and social engagement with others, and the ability to self regulate. Play also helps children gain an understanding of their environment, including structure and routine, rules, and social expectations.