SLYDE The Playground Hound entertained and educated children and guests of the Township of Jefferson, New Jersey, at the grand opening of an all-inclusive play structure and the Township’s largest play area to date. According to playground designer George Herberger, Vice President of Ben Shaffer and Associates, “After designing and installing several BCI Burke pocket parks for the township, I was asked to provide a state of the art playground that was totally inclusive to children of all abilities.”
The new playground equipment was funded by the recreation trust fund specifi cally set aside for this purpose. Camp Jefferson’s Recreation Director, Grace Rhinesmith has dedicated countless hours of planning for the new playground that the children of Camp Jefferson and surrounding area are now using to full capacity. And thanks to lessons learned from SLYDE, the children of Camp Jefferson are playing safe!
After designing & installing several BCI Burke pocket parks for the Township of Jefferson, I was asked to provide a “state of the art” playground that was totally “inclusive” to children of all abilities—concentrating on the wheelchair bound child. After many design modifications, with the help of Grace Rhinesmith, the town’s Recreation Director, Ben Shaffer & Associates VP George Herberger & Grace Rhinesmith presented the idea & design to the Town Council who unanimously approved the project.
Camp Jefferson is a 97-acre site that was formerly owned by The Boys & Girls Club of Clifton, NJ and was purchased by the township using Green Acres funding in 1999. Numerous renovations have since taken place at the facility and this playground is yet another wonderful addition to the site. This project was funded by the town’s Recreation Trust Fund which is a “dedicated tax fund” paid for by taxpayers dollars. The children of Jefferson & the surrounding area are just having a BLAST playing on this new inclusive playground.
- George J. Herberger