July is National Parks and Recreation Month making it the perfect time to grab the family and head to your nearest park! Not sure which one to visit? Let me suggest the Sensory Garden Playground (SGP). This is one play space every family with young children should visit and a jewel in our own backyard.

The SGP is a universally accessible playground which allows all children, with and without disabilities, to play together. Phase One of the SGP is completed and is perfect for children between two and five year old.

Children can experience the smell of fresh herbs in the Fragrance Garden and the sound of large drums and chimes in the Sound Garden. They can soar through the air on high-back swings or run through the Pony Stables Playground.

Everything can be reach easily by accessible paths, which is especially beneficial for children or parents with a physical disability.

Though the SGP is open every day, just like any other playground, all families are invited to come out to one of the special Play Days taking place this summer. This is a great time to explore the area and take advantage of the family-friendly activities including: face-painting, bubbles, story time, chalk play, and a whole lot of more.

Summer Play Days July 15 and August 19

The 2017 summer Play Days are from 10AM-noon on July 15 and August 19. They are free and open to the public. The SGP is located at 2751 Navistar Dr., in Lisle.

Future plans for the SGP include a 40-acre outdoor space with exercise stations, water play areas, accessible treehouse, paved walking paths, and multi-purpose sports field facility.

The Play for All Playground & Garden Foundation responsible for the development of the SGP is comprised of the following organizations: Wheaton Park District, Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA), Kiwanis Club of Wheaton, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Landscape Structures, and Shane’s Inspiration.

For more information about the free Play Days, visit www.playforalldupage.org. To learn more about the great opportunities, programs and services offered by Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, visit www.wdsra.com.

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