Route 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, KIngs Park, NY 11764
(631) 269 - 4333
DescriptionThe Inclusive Playground at Sunken Meadow State Park is located at Route 25 A and Sunken Meadow Parkway. It is to the right of the main entrance at Parking Lot 1. There are six handicapped spaces close to the three play areas. The play areas are fenced in, have benches throughout and are separated according to age. There is soft surface underfoot. A variety of equipment includes a ramp to access one area, and a swing with a full chest harness. A picnic area with tables and benches is very close by.
Multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms are located in the breezeway of the main entrance. A snack bar is located on the boardwalk at the main entrance.
- Number of handicapped spaces: 6
Location of handicapped spaces: closest to the playground area
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: close
Places to rest: benches at the playground areas
Paths and walkways: paved, grass
Location of handicapped entrance: this is an open park
Width of aisles: area is spacious
Places to sit: benches throughout
Location of restrooms: in breezeway of main entrance
Type of restroom: multi-stall, handicapped-accessible
Ease of entry and exit: easy
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: snack bar on boardwalk
Notes: Areas are separated by ageSoft, safety surface underfoot in play areasVariety of equipment for all
The Inclusive Playground at Sunken Meadow State Park is really three separate areas close to one another, but parate enough to accommodate different ages and abilities without gting in one another’s way. While we were there all of the kids seemed to be enjoying what they were doing. The seafaring theme, with a pirate ship and drawbridge, engage imaginations.
We found six handicapped spaces in Parking Lot 1, in the rows closest to the playground area. One has to walk the concrete pathways and grass to get inside the area. Once inside, we were pleasantly surprised by the soft surface underfoot. Seems like a really good thing to cushiion the evitable falls that occur.
As we walked toward the area, we noted the sign stating the appropriate ages for each area. The variety of equipment looks like there is something for everyone, disabled or not. At the area for the youngest ones, we especially liked the number of slides, so that there does not need to be a log-jam at the top while waiting to slide down. A variety of swings includes one with a full chest harness. The entire area is fenced in – the better to keep track of young ones! Benches are around for caregivers who need a rest. The close-by picnic area is a nice idea.
It is unfortunate that the closest restrooms (multi-stall, handicapped-accessible) are in the breezeway of the main entrance, which could be a problem in little kid emergencies! The snack bar a bit beyond the restrooms, up the ramp and to the right, on the boardwalk.
If you are planning to go to the boardwalk and/or beach, check the “Sunken Meadow State Park – beach and boardwalk” entry, for details.
As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to check a venue’s website, when planning a visit, www.nysparks.com/parks/37/details.aspx, to “know before you go.”