When I hear the term “adult playground,” unfortunately the first image that pops in my head is Las Vegas. However, with over 55 miles of paths, swimming pools, tennis courts, clubs, events, entertainment and dining - Reston really is a "playground" for all ages.
However, in Finland and other parts of the world there are communities creating playgrounds for adults and people of all ages and abilities. Here are some links to articles and videos detailing their concepts:
- Finns open playgrounds to adults
- London's Hyde Park to get pensioner playground
- Japanese Elderly Enjoy Playgrounds
This concept has not really been replicated in the US, however there is a group in Reston researching possibilities. They have some ideas that could even take it to a more customized level in Reston.
How it started in Reston
The discussion started at a Reston for a Lifetime meeting last winter, where an attendee reflected on the fact that Reston has done such a good job of building tot lots for children and how the Reston for a Lifetime initiative is focusing on ideas for other generations.
This led to a discussion about the “elder playgrounds” being built in other parts of the world and how we might build one in Reston. As more people added their ideas and feedback the concept has progressed from an “elder playground” to a “playground for a lifetime”. It has gone beyond creating what might be viewed as an accessible outdoor fitness center to include items that adults can actually “play” on and have fun with!
Get Involved and Provide Feedback
At the next Reston for a Lifetime meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14, Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2 p.m. we will have a representative from Playworld Systems leading us in a brainstorming session on what the possibilities could be for creating something in Reston. We will also discuss the opportunity to apply for a grant with KABOOM!, an initiative that is focused on building and improving playgrounds.
In addition, the meeting will also discuss neighborhood networks, advocacy, projects and sustaining the momentum of Reston for a Lifetime. If you would like to attend please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I afford to stay in my community for lifetime?
This week, The Washington Post ran an article spotlighting accessible housing. The article is very timely because Reston for a Lifetime is also involved in hosting a related information session on Oct. 1 at Reston Community Center.
Staying in my community for a lifetime:
Can I afford it? What resources are available?
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (registration opens at 9 a.m.)
Reston Community Center Hunters Woods
2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA 20191-2886
RSVP to email@example.com or 703-672-1116
Join others in your community for an educational panel and discussion that will cover such key areas:
- Budgeting for repairs and home modifications to keep your home safe and accessible
- A current overview of area homes and neighborhoods that lend themselves to modification and their 2011 pricing statistics
- Financial programs (government and private) for older Americans that can help supplement your income/ reduce your liability
- Lists/links of where to go to find information about the topics presented.
- Current tax laws/ deductions that can help reduce your outlay
- Budgeting for property tax increases, cost of living increases, etc.
- Opportunity to network and get your specific questions answered.