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Researchers studying inclusive playground at Charlottetown's Victoria Park

Five-year-old Annie McGonnell of Charlottetown swings on the monkey bars at the new Canadian Tire Jumpstart Playground at Victoria Park in the capital city. The accessible 9,000-square-foot playground features double wide ramps, a roller slide, bucket seat harness swings, bridges, interactive educational panels, spinners, musical instruments and a calming zone.
Five-year-old Annie McGonnell of Charlottetown swings on the monkey bars at the new Canadian Tire Jumpstart Playground at Victoria Park in this file photo.
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

The public is being asked to participate in a survey about Charlottetown’s Jumpstart inclusive playground in Victoria Park.

The survey is being conducted by the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the City of Charlottetown and Jumpstart Charities.

Researchers are completing a study to explore participant’s thoughts and experiences about Jumpstart playground spaces across the country. This will allow for a better understanding of what aspects of the design work could be further improved upon, based on the experiences from children of all abilities, their parents and professionals in the fields of rehabilitation and education.

This information will ideally inform future work related to inclusive playground design guidelines.

Children of all abilities, ages eight to 17 years old, along with their parents and caregivers who have used the Jumpstart inclusive playground in Victoria Park are eligible to participate. Rehabilitation and educational professionals who have used or intend to use it in their practice are also able to participate in the study.

Participants will complete a 30-minute interview and may be asked to participate in a 45- to 60-minute go-along which involves walking through the playground with the researcher.

Each participant (parent, child and professional) will receive a $15 SportChek gift card for their participation. A limited number of spaces are available and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

The research team will be in Charlottetown May 23-26.

Anyone interested is asked to contact Denver Brown at denver.brown@utoronto.ca.

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