This year, cities throughout eastern North Carolina will open 30 new, all-inclusive playgrounds, thanks to a grant from Trillium Health Resources.
Equipment will vary in each playground, and may include a Liberty Swing (accessible while in a wheelchair), Cruise Line, and zip line. Playgrounds will include a rubberized surface to ensure safety for children and adults with mobility challenges, as well as wheelchair accessibility — all accommodations providing an opportunity for individuals of all ages and abilities to play together outside.
Trillium’s Play Together Accessible Playground grants have provided towns with the ability to build fully accessible, all-inclusive playgrounds for individuals with special needs and physical disabilities.
Grants were awarded to the following 30 locations: Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret (Emerald Isle and Morehead City), Chowan, Craven (New Bern, Havelock and Dover), Currituck (Barco and Point Harbor), Dare, Gates, Hertford, Martin, New Hanover (Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach), Northampton, Onslow (Jacksonville and Swansboro), Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender (Hampstead and Burgaw), Perquimans, Pitt (Greenville and Ayden), Tyrell and Washington.
Grants Funding for the Play Together Construction Grant for Accessible Playgrounds is a result of savings from operating as a Medicaid 1915 (b)(c) Waiver site.
By managing Medicaid funding and services locally, we’ve been able to achieve cost efficiencies that allow us to reinvest savings into programs that increase resources and community engagement opportunities for the individuals and families we serve.
Reinvestment dollars were allocated to award to communities for the development of accessible playgrounds that allow young people of all abilities to come together.
Each county received a grant amount appropriate for the scope of work and land space allocated for developing or updating a playground.
See how a number of communities have benefited from this Initiative on our Announcements & News web-page.