In Charlestown, it’s all inclusive

Boston, MA 051713 Mayor Thomas M. Menino walked past the proposed site of a handicapped friendly park near Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Friday, May 17 2013. Earlier, he was joined by city officials to announce the city's $1.8 billion Capital Plan, including new projects, such as the park, and maintenance of Boston's infrastructures. (Staff Photo/Wendy Maeda) section: Metro slug: 18capital reporter:
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino toured the proposed site of a handicapped friendly park near the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown on May 17. Credit: Wendy Maeda / Globe Staff

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A waterfront slice of Charlestown next to the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is being transformed into a $1.6 million playground that will allow children with disabilities to play alongside other children.

Plans for the playground call for what is known as inclusive design, an approach to building spaces that all people can access and experience the same way regardless of age or disability. That means no separate accommodations for people who are handicapped.

“You wouldn’t have to choose to go to an accessible playground which may not have all the features that a typical child would want,” says Kristen McCosh, Boston’s disability commissioner. Rather, the plans “incorporate the accessible components into a typical playground so that a family could play together,” McCosh says.

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