There is an amazing park in Richmond called Soar 365, formerly Greater Richmond ARC, and it opened in 2015 for kids and disability inclusion.  It is one of my family’s top 3 places to go and not because it has these awesome play structures to exhaust my wild little boys. Soar 365 provides fun for all kids and disability inclusion.  As a mother, I want my children to be accepting, open, and empathetic when they meet or play with someone who may walk a little slower, ride in a wheelchair, or communicate.

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Why does this matter?

Take a sip of your coffee and stay with me, because it matters. It matters because we are all different. We all come to work, school, church, and our communities with various skills.  The way our children view others with disabilities is directly related to the way that we view others with disabilities. They are watching parents – the way we look at others, interact, or talk afterwards. Kids and disability inclusion is so much more than playing together – its showing them that differences are to be celebrated.

kids and disability inclusion

It matters because we come into contact with someone who identifies as having a disability in all aspects of life every single day; at the grocery store, at school, in your neighborhood, in your family.  OR – maybe you or your child identify with a disability.  Do you feel that you are treated fairly and similarly to those without?  Do parents or other children interact or communicate differently?

What makes Soar 365 park so awesome?

kids and disability inclusion

The play equipment is top notch and holds many children and adults at once without being crowded.  Pack a lunch and sit in the grassy section by the swing set or at the covered picnic tables and make new friends!

There is a sensory wall with music, musical instruments, an abundance of swings, slides galore, and has a smaller play area for younger children.

kids and disability inclusion

The park is free and located at 3600 Saunders Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227, easily accessible from all of Metro Richmond. Soar365 is also a organization that provides developmental and employment support.  Drop a donation in the box so that Soar365 continue its amazing work for our community and for kids and disability inclusion.

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10 thoughts on “Soar 365 – Kids and Disability Inclusion

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of this park, and I’ve lived in Richmond all my life. I guess not being a kid anymore, nor having a child makes it so that I’m a little clueless about things like this. But I do think it’s really neat that a park like this exists in our city. I know there’s another one similar to this in Midlo that my sister used to take my nephews to when they were little!

  2. What a beautiful initiative. I had no idea that this type of parks existed. I totally agree! We should have more parks and activities that promote inclusion, respect and equality.

  3. You made a great statement that “The way our children view others with disabilities is directly related to the way that we view others with disabilities” its a great way to teach and inspire kids to be kind and aware of their environments

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