The Goldman Playscape – Making the Outdoors Accessible

The dream of a Playscape became a reality for the six young men and women with developmental disabilities who live at the Goldman House in Bedford, and their families.  The Playscape Ribbon Cutting took place on August 9th. The dedication, tour and barbeque went smoothly without a drop of rain, which held back until the festivities were over. Attending the ribbon cutting were people served by Richmond, Goldman residents, families and staff, and Richmond Community Services staff.

The Playscape offers the people who live at Goldman a beautiful outdoor area that is both fun and wheelchair accessible. Swing sets and a glider can be used by residents and their visiting family.  Planting boxes are raised to allow residents to cultivate plants and enjoy the rewards of their work. A covered picnic area completes the space.

“In dedicating the new Playscape,” said Edward Spauster, PhD, President & CEO, “we are incredibly grateful to all those who so generously gave of their time and resources to make this a beautiful environment that will contribute toward the residents living their lives to the fullest extent possible.”

Through the creativity and resourcefulness of Liz Donaldson, manager of Goldman House, a benefit concert by Jon Moses and The Saw Mill River Band raised the initial funds. Slater Jett Meyers Foundation contributed $17,000 to purchase adaptive equipment; RiGoldman Playscape accessible planting boxeschard Pugni and Sons donated their materials and services to construct the outdoor recreation area; and Tom Williamson Landscaping donated the labor, flowers and herbs for the raised beds, and a tree, shrubs and flowers surrounding the Playscape.

The Goldman Playscape is Richmond’s newest innovation to help maximize the abilities of the people it supports.