It looks like I just mixed a bunch of letters together to come up with the title of this post but this is actually the name of a fantastic park we took the boys to a few weeks ago. Clemyjontri Park is located in Northern Virginia so it’s a bit of a drive as compared to the dozens of parks we have within a few miles of our home, but WELL worth it! This 18-acre property was donated by Mrs. Adele Lebowitz who envisioned this inclusive space. The name CLEMYJONTRI is derived from the donor’s four children: Carolyn (CL), Emily (EMY), John (Jon), and Petrina (Tri). This park is unique in that it welcomes kids of all abilities to come together and play. The park is “a place where children who use wheelchairs, walkers or braces, or who have sensory or developmental disabilities, can have a parallel playground experience of fun and exploration.” This place was so incredible and not to mention, huge! This aerial photo really showcases it’s size and the bright colors of all the equipment and flooring.
I love the fact that the whole park is on a single plane. There aren’t any curbs or stairs, just a flat squishy surface and ramps that lead up to the various jungle gyms. There’s something called a Liberty Swing which allows wheelchair users the experience of swinging without have to be transferred from their chair. The swing was getting lots of use while we were there so I didn’t get a picture but here’s a picture from the website:
This is an incredibly popular park and draws families from near and far. Both boys absolutely loved their afternoon here! Wyatt was running all around and figuring out how to get to the top of the slide and come down all by himself. He just kept on going up and down, up and down… so much energy! He’s a fearless little boy and would often times try to hang with the bigger kids and nearly get flattened. He also loved this bus so much, it was really cute.
We brought the toy walker that we have on loan from our therapist for Caleb to use. He enjoyed maneuvering around the park, but I think he enjoyed the slide and swing much more.
I’m looking forward to taking Caleb back to this park over the years and each visit is sure to reveal some new equipment he wasn’t able to use this time. It was really heartwarming to see kids of a wide variety of abilities enjoying all that the park had to offer. Wouldn’t it be nice if all parks were this accessible?