Playtime is for everyone at Ideal Homes & Neighborhoods
May 13, 2021
In our Ideal neighborhoods, community engagement is everything! It is important to us that every child gets to bask in the glory of playtime and just being a kid. Therefore, we make it a part of our mission to provide all inclusive places of play for the families in our communities.
For the past four years, Ideal Homes & Neighborhoods design and community development project management team has been strategically working with accessible playground equipment companies such as ACS Playground Adventures, Landscape Structures Inc., and KOMPAN to come up with the perfect playgrounds.
Three of our Ideal Homes & Neighborhoods communities provide the ultimate accessible play experience. Valencia, Greenleaf Trails and Northbrooke offer the Uddle (a.k.a. dish swings), merry-go-rounds or a four-seated seesaw for children to play together. Norman’s Red Canyon Ranch community is also getting a brand new playground with options for all abilities.
Each playground gets its very own theme and color scheme. This helps bring the park to life and lets the children’s imaginations go wild. Our design and development team partners with the companies for the Ideal vision. Every playground is setup to allow inclusive play typically for ages 5-12. However, the equipment is safe for children of younger ages as well. Renderings of the playground get sent back for approval from our team. Once everything looks perfect, the creativity comes to life. The process of completing the playgrounds from start to finish can often take six to nine months. A lengthy process that is very much worth the outcome.
Trish Morris, Senior Community Development Project Manager, has been a part of the Ideal Homes team for more than nine years. She said seeing the playgrounds completed is her favorite part of the process. “You think it will be good, but until you see it in the end, and all the kids playing together, that’s the best part.” Morris said the goal is just to make every child feel included. When they have a place to play and grow, they can feel more at home.
Our newest playgrounds set to break ground are in Skyline Trails, Red Canyon Ranch, and a new neighborhood coming to Harrah. In every adventure, life is always better together.