Johnson County
Park & Recreation District
Inclusive Playgrounds

Johnson County, Kansas

The Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) contracted with Vireo to design two all-inclusive playgrounds at Stilwell Community Park and Shawnee Mission Park. Each park includes state-of-the-art playground pieces to ensure inclusivity, such as a large “thrill hill” with a family slide, rope pulls & ladder, net climbers, and stepping pods. 

A Steering Committee was formed including key staff from JCPRD, members of the Stilwell Community Organization, parents, and members of several different advocacy groups including Center for Visually Impaired, Early Childhood Learning Center, Pediatric Therapy, Champions Special Ministries, Center for Downs Syndrome, JOCO Library, Special Olympics, Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley School Districts. The process began with a two day design workshop and Steering Committee meeting to brainstorm ideas and prepare draft concepts. Two public meetings were held to collect opinions, preferences, and concerns from the public.