August 10, 2009 11:43 ET

GameTime and Hasbro Help West Point Install Inclusive Boundless Playground

FORT PAYNE, AL--(Marketwire - August 10, 2009) - Residents of Balfour Beatty Communities at West Point wanted to provide a wheelchair accessible playground for children with disabilities and to help wounded warriors play with their children. The planning began and a preliminary design was drawn up. But when Marturano Recreation Company hosted a training seminar this spring in Newark, New Jersey, little could they imagine the impact it would have on our military families at West Point.

A West Point resident and parent of a child with disabilities, Jane Spies, attended the seminar with a special interest in the playground project. At the outreach, Tom Norquist, Sr. Vice President of GameTime and Fred Leone of nonprofit Boundless Playgrounds, Inc. spoke passionately about the many programs and products they offered for children with disabilities. This inspired Jane Spies to seek not just an accessible playground at West Point, but to upgrade the design to a truly inclusive Boundless playground.

Boundless Playgrounds reviewed the existing design and suggested several changes to make it Boundless certified. The Hasbro Children's Fund -- a longstanding supporter of Boundless Playgrounds and a leader in the inclusive play movement -- then provided a $30,000 grant to cover the cost of the design changes. Hasbro awarded the grant through a special program that supports injured military personnel and other military families with special needs by creating Boundless playgrounds on bases throughout the country.

The Boundless playground at West Point was initially designed by Keith Davis of Marturano Recreation. It features GameTime's exclusive double wide ramps, which allow two children in wheelchairs or mobility devices to pass or travel side by side. Additionally, this playground features GTJams musical instruments, a sign language and Braille panel, accessible Zip slides and a multitude of cutting edge Xscape fitness based play events. The playground also features Zero-G Chairs, the state of the art solid harness swings for children needing back support. With its Boundless certified design and the use of poured in place soft rubber safety surfacing for wheelchairs and other mobility devices, the West Point playground meets the high standards of the Boundless Playgrounds Performance Criteria so that every child can truly be in the middle of the playground fun.

The smiles on the faces of the children at West Point show just how important it is to make certain the playground is accessible to every child. Many of these children would not be able to play on a traditional playground, but with the Boundless playground, they are able to swing, slide, and make music with the GTJams instruments.

To learn more about Boundless Playgrounds, visit their website ( or visit or call 1-800-235-2440 to speak to your local GameTime representative.

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