Help us bring an all accessible/all inclusive community built playground to New Berlin!

What is a Community Built Playground? This playground at Malone Park is our most magnificent endeavor yet. Design Day was held on January 27th with elementary students of New Berlin schools. In the morning, students took part in interviews and drew pictures of their dream playground. Next, the volunteers presented the ideas to the designer who then designed the playground and presented the first draft to the community at the evening reception. Check out our design page to see videos of the event.
Build Week is set for May 16th - 22nd and hundreds of volunteers will be needed. Sign up to be a part of the Community Build! Grand Opening will be early July just in time for the New Berlin Festival.
Design Day:
Design Day was a huge success!
The kids of New Berlin collaborated with a professional designer to design this innovative playground. Over 2,600 drawings were submitted by New Berlin elementary students.
Design Day Reveal:
Check out the big reveal!
The turnout for the big reveal was amazing and excitement over the Playground at Malone project is growing even more! Designer of Play By Design Dennis Wille's first draft of the new playground designed by the children of New Berlin!

Questions and Answers for the Playground at Malone

Q:  What IS a Universally Accessible Playground?

A:

  • Playgrounds that serve people of all ages and abilities. IN ADDITION to accommodating able bodied children, these playgrounds will specifically address the needs of children and adults who are unable to use traditional play equipment due to a variety of physical and developmental disabilities.
  • Have you ever wondered how a child who is in a wheel chair, who is blind, who is autistic, or who has a physically disabled parent can play outside? Traditional playgrounds and parks pose major hurtles to children and adults who have these challenges. For example, a child in a wheel chair or who uses a walker can not even access the play structure at many parks because the surface around the structure is either bark or sand. Neither of these types of surfaces are conducive to rolling on. So, unfortunately these children either sit on the sidelines and watch or their parents choose to stay home rather than subject their child to another day of feeling left out and "different".
  • Have you ever wondered what a parent who is in a wheel chair does when they want to take their child to the park? Can you imagine having to send your small child out into a park and not be able to help them or be at the bottom of the slide to catch them because you can't get through the sand or bark?
  • Families need a place where they can come together and let their children play. They need to have a safe, fun, and totally inclusive outdoor space where their child can play with other children without any limitations or road blocks.

Q:  What is All-Inclusive play?

A:  Shoulder-to-shoulder play for children of all abilities. We comply with ADA playground guidelines. All safety surfacing is wheelchair-accessible and includes ramping so that children can play with elevated components. Components are also included for children with visual, hearing, developmental, emotional and social impairments.

Q:  What is Accessibility?

A:  Designs that offer the greatest number of play experiences for the broadest possible range of abilities by working closely with members of the community (such as children, parents, therapists, and teachers) in order to enrich the content of the custom design.

Q:  What are the benefits of an inclusive, accessible playground?

A: 

  • Increase physical activity for children and adults of all ages
  • Increase recreational space for people with physical disabilities
  • Increase recreational space for people with sensory sensitivities
  • Increase community pride
  • Increase family bonds as families are able to play together regardless of age or ability
  • Increase visitor and consumer traffic to New Berlin
  • Increase opportunities for older adults to enjoy physical activity
  • Increase opportunities for those with physical, hearing and visual disabilities

Q:  Where will the Playground be located?

A: The playground will be located in Malone Park at 3953 S Casper Drive in New Berlin. See the map here.

Q:  How do I volunteer?

A: If you are interested in volunteering to help build our Playground please visit the VOLUNTEER page on this website and click on the hard hat link at the bottom. It will take you to an online sign-up genius where you can select the time and type of work that you prefer. When signing up, you will also be asked whether you are a skilled or unskilled laborer. There are definitions for each type of worker on the sign-up genius page. If you have further questions regarding volunteering, please email us at letsbuilditnewberlin@gmail.com..

Q:  What are the benefits of an inclusive, accessible playground?

A: 

  • Increase physical activity for children and adults of all ages
  • Increase recreational space for people with physical disabilities
  • Increase recreational space for people with sensory sensitivities
  • Increase community pride
  • Increase family bonds as families are able to play together regardless of age or ability
  • Increase visitor and consumer traffic to New Berlin
  • Increase opportunities for older adults to enjoy physical activity
  • Increase opportunities for those with physical, hearing and visual disabilities

Q:  Who can I contact with questions?

A: If you have questions about the project, please contact us and someone will be happy to help!