Help Us Build the Harmony Playground

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Save the Date 2019


Harmony Playground Design

Title Sponsor Press Conference - Caterpillar

About the Harmony Playground

This playground is sponsored by the Clayton Community Recreational Foundation:

  •  CCRF is a 501-3 (C) organization, and donations are tax deductible in accordance with Federal Tax Laws.

  • CCRF was established in 1983, in order to provide an opportunity for individuals and corporations to contribute to the recreational opportunities in the Clayton Community, and receive the tax exempt benefits of the donation.

  • CCRF has funded a variety of small projects for the Clayton Community Parks systems over the past 25 years.

  • The Harmony Playground is a tremendous opportunity for the community to support the Foundation, in developing a playground where kids and parents of all abilities can play together.   The CCRF is leading the funding, design, and construction of the playground, for the community.

Inclusion Playground NC

The Harmony Playground at East Clayton Community Park designed by Chris Hilt of CLH Design, PA, will be a state-of-the-art, one of a kind inclusion play entity that will:

  • Enable children of ALL abilities to play together and develop the wide range of skills needed to be successful in the world; big muscle play, manipulative play, pretend play, creative arts play, sensory play, and quiet play.
  • Provide all children and their families with a sensory-full, safe play facility and an inclusive environment to connect.
  • Educate all on various disabilities, injuries and chronic illnesses that may challenge others and give support on how to positively interact with them through inclusion play.
  • Showcase a Universal Design (verses only Accessible Design) in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act in regard to play equipment, ground coverings and access methods and is adequately inclusive for furthering cognitive, emotional, physical, visual, auditory, and other sensory skill sets to enhance the development and growth for children of all abilities.
  • Serve as a destination location for surrounding counties and visitors as well as an attraction for relocating families and will be a resource for economic progression in the community.

National Statistics

in the USA


Children are Autistic


Children have disabilities


13-18 year olds have anxiety


Americans have disabilities

The Harmony Playground will be located on two acres contributed by the Town of Clayton on the East Clayton Community Park Site.  This playground is the result of a public-private partnership between the Town of Clayton (public) and the Clayton Community Recreational Foundation, Inc. (private) and was approved by the Clayton Town Council in February of 2014.  Clayton Parks and Recreation will maintain and staff the playground.

Need for Data Collection

As of 2012, federal law requires that public play areas include wheelchair-friendly surfaces and equipment that help kids with physical challenges and their mobility only meeting specific accessibility standards providing their residents with “program accessibility,” which means there are equal play opportunities for everyone in the community.  Inclusive design of a Universal Playground has been evolving for decades. Whereas Federal accessibility guidelines have been around since the 1990s, there is now bigger push by parents, advocates and designers, amounting to an inclusive playground movement, as public playgrounds meeting only accessibility standards are generally the responsibility of local governments that hold limited funding.    In 2014, a focus group in Johnston County was comprised of area residents to include the parents of children with special needs and a universal playground concept was presented to the Clayton Town Council. Factors in support of the need for a Universal Playground in Johnston County include:

  • Increase in the number of infants born drug exposed or drug addicted
  • Number of infants and children who are HIV-positive of have AIDS has risen
  • As a result of improved medical care and technology, the survival rates for seriously impaired neonates and children with serious pediatric disorders has increased. The range of traditional social services has not been able to meet the growing demand for support for families who care for these children.
  • Changes in medical insurance coverage and the cost-effectiveness of home health care, have limited the amount of time a seriously-ill child can remain in hospitals or other institutional settings;
  • Earlier recognition of caregivers, parents, medical professionals and education providers in the developmental delays in children’s play, learning, speaking and actions.