Old Meadows Park at 1600 Marview Drive, Thousand Oaks houses the Therapeutic Recreation Unit of the Conejo Recreation and Park District, which provides recreation programs for Conejo Valley residents with disabilities.
The existing special needs playground at the park the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks Sunrise has been spearheading an effort to improve, modernize and expand. The "Rotary DreamCatcher Playground" will be designed with great sensitivity to the needs, comforts and inclusion of special populations and their families.
The $300,000 Phase I of the DreamCatcher Playground project was completed in July 2015. Phase I expands the size of the playground and contains mat surfacing, rolling turf hills, large shaded areas, tree log swings, seagull swings, harmony chimes, hammocks, pod seats, picnic tables and many other cool features.
Specialty features to be incorporated into the playground include perimeter fencing, rubber surfacing, gently rolling turf, natural elements and a butterfly garden, physical development apparatus with features that encourage climbing, crawling, jumping and so on, sensory processing and calming features and features that encourage socialization.
The playground will include active and passive play areas allowing children to engage in stimulating activities, and areas to which they can retreat and calm themselves after anxiety-producing experiences while remaining close by to other children, parents or caregivers.
Phase 2 of the project has a target date sometime in 2016.
To learn more about this effort and how to support it, visit www.rotarydreamcatcher.org.