The CIPS program has a rich and robust curriculum that has grown from one class in 2001 to six classes in 2016 in order to accommodate the increasing demand and complexity for special education services. While the curriculum and teaching are exceptional, the current playground facilities are in poor condition. Most of the equipment is outdated and does not meet the needs of all of the students, particularly those with special needs who have physical disabilities and poor motor planning skills.
We now have the unique opportunity to create a well-planned playground that will serve the community and the increasing population of students with complex special needs for years to come. The new CIPS playground will complement and extend the adjacent Playscape at Ripley by providing an ADA compliant and structured play environment for preschool aged children as well as a destination playground for the community as a whole.
The playground plan goes beyond ADA accessibility to incorporate universal design. The end result will be a blend of naturalistic and traditional elements in a playground built for all.
metal panel, picket, and woven willow fencing designed to provide an embracing and inviting feel to the play area while keeping children safe
trees and groundcover for shade and greenery
benches, storage containers that can double as seating areas, buddy benches and accessible picnic table
Calling all volunteers! We need volunteers to help with fundraising, grant writing, networking, event planning, publicity , and much more. Want to plan a community service event for your group? We plan to organize a number of community build days to involve interested community members - help us with planting, light assembly such as storage boxes and benches, and painting.