Oakledge for All is a volunteer-led community effort to raise interest, awareness, and funding for a universally accessible playground in Burlington. As a graduate student, special educator Julia Wayne discovered Vermont children with disabilities and their families had no access to a playground in all of Vermont, or surrounding regions.
So, she set out to do something about it.
Over the last eight years, with Julia’s leadership, Oakledge for All has evolved to include educators, parents and caregivers, special needs service providers, community members, and staff from the Burlington Recreation, Parks, & Waterfront (BRPW). Please check out our growing list of supporters.
Our Partnership with Burlington Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront
In 2012, Oakledge for All (formerly called Play and Engage in Accessible Spaces for Everyone, or PEASE) brought a proposal for a universally accessible playground to the Burlington Parks, Recreation, & Waterfront (BPRW). BPRW stepped in as a key partner and conducted a citywide evaluation to better understand community need for a universally accessible playground, followed by a site analysis to assess the city’s existing parks and playgrounds. Oakledge Park was selected as the ideal home for the future playground, offering a gorgeous natural setting with existing recreational resources, connection to the Bike Path, toilet facilities, and a broad user base, including visitors from all over the region. It is also park in need of repairs, making the accessible renovation timely and efficient.