Islip Town residents have a new children’s playground with a difference: Every piece of equipment can be accessed by a child in a wheelchair.
The playground, on the Great Lawn at Brookwood Hall (50 Irish Lane, East Islip), officially opened last week and caters to toddlers and older, said Islip parks commissioner Greg Dawson. The fully ramped facility includes slides, a mini-climbing wall and fireman’s pole.
“I’m proud to add this to the town’s collection of fantastic parks,” said Supervisor Phil Nolan, who worked with town Councilman John Edwards to secure funding and make the park a reality. “We recognized there was a clear need for a park on the Brookwood Hall grounds that is accessible to all of our residents.”
Dawson said Brookwood Hall was selected because of its “excellent parking facilities” and central location in the town.
The town board voted unanimously earlier this year to include the new facility after money was found in surplus funds. Including equipment, sidewalk and safety surface, it cost about $150,000.
The Tiny Tots program, a preschool-aged program run by the town, is also located at Brookwood Hall, so the playground is a welcome addition, Dawson added.