b'Inclusive playgrounds include everyone in play and areaccessible to all, no matter their mobility or other barriers. T hanks to the actions of an activegirl and her family and friends,a disability-led movement wascreated in Anchorage to build inclusive parks for people of all abilities. And asfall turns to winter, even in a pandemic, itis especially important to note that our 82 playgrounds are open for business!Anna Boltz (in purple coat, top right photo) has spina bi-fida, which makes it difficult to get around without a walk-er or wheelchair. When she was in elementary school, she recalls how she would sit on the side of playgrounds with the teachers during field trips while her friends played. Thats why she and her mom, Leah, and a group of families with various special needs, reached out to the Anchorage Park Foundation (APF) to start a fundraising and aware-ness campaign in 2009. As a result, this year, on the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, An-chorage can celebrate moving beyond the rubber mulch surfacing and standard playground equipment that made them inaccessible to many kids with disabilities. Inclusive playgrounds include everyone in play and are accessible to all, no matter their mobility or other barriers. They are designed to enable people to play and have fun, as well as develop necessary physical and social skills. A milestone was reached in 2013 when the Anchorage Park Foundations Inclusive Play Work Groupa pub-lic-private partnership between the Municipality of An-chorageParksandRecreationDepartment,non-profit organizations,familiesanddonorscelebratedtheir fundraisingandadvocacyeffortsatthefirstinclusive playground built at Cuddy Family Midtown Park. Later that summer, another inclusive playground was built at Campbell Park.Im really glad that the Park Foundation started mak-ing inclusive parks, Anna said. Today, even though Anna UrbanStreets Anchorage |13'