May, 1993 was a day which changed much in the lives of people all around the world. In a two phase build, the largest accessible and most accessible playground was completed in Janesville, WI.
Since that time over 200 playgrounds have been built worldwide modeled after this special playground and playground equipment companies have changed the amount of accessible equipment produced. This playground, CAMDEN Accessible/Integrated Playground, was built with over 3,000 volunteers and from 1993-2014 has had 1.3 million visitors.
However, after this much use, there is also a negative; the wood which makes up the majority of the playground has begun to deteriorate and calls for a rebuild. C.A.M.D.E.N. Foundation, Inc. has kept up with the playground, helping to replace equipment that has broken down, and supply the sealant for the wood, and fibar for the ground cover.
Aug 26-28 and Sept. 6-11 volunteers helped to rebuild this playground, however it wasn't completed because of the lack of Volunteers and the weather. In April, 2017 work was once again started on the playground, however because we needed temperatures above 60 degrees at night and no precipitation, it was unable to be completed right away. However, on June 9, 2017, the newly renovated CAMDEN Accessible Playground was re-opened and is more accessible then it was before and has rubber matting for ground cover instead of wood, which will be long lasting and virtually maintenance free. This will save C.A.M.D.E.N. Foundation around $10,000 a year which will be placed in an account for the future upkeep of the playground. It also now includes a wheelchair accessible swing AND wheelchair accessible merry go round.
Take a trip with us and learn more about CAMDEN Playground, also known as "The Castle Playground, in Palmer Park, Janesville, WI