'Jake's Place' Looking to Add More All-Inclusive Playgrounds in New Jersey

'Jake's Place' Looking to Add More All-Inclusive Playgrounds in New Jersey

In Camden County, a special playground was created in memory of a little boy who passed away from a rare cardiac condition.

Jake’s Place in Cherry Hill is a park that provides children and adults with or without a disability easy access to play together. Now, the non-profit organization is inching towards constructing a second “Play Place,” while a bill in the Assembly could make it mandatory for each county in the state of New Jersey to have a boundless playground of their own.

“You’ll never bring back Jake, but look at all the smiley, happy faces that we see as a memory to him,” said Lynn Cummings, grandmother of Jake Nasto, who the park was named after.

Jake was born with...

‘Jake’s Law’ would nudge every N.J. county to build a playground accessible to all kids

‘Jake’s Law’ would nudge every N.J. county to build a playground accessible to all kids

A bill up for consideration in the state Assembly would push every New Jersey county to build at least one "inclusive" playground that is accessible to children with disabilities.

"I've seen the joy on the children's faces," said Assemblyman Lou Greenwald, D-Camden, who co-sponsored the bill, "and it's irreplaceable."

Inclusive playgrounds aim to accommodate children with...

Jake's Run4Play 5k held in Delran

Jake's Run4Play 5k held in Delran

The third annual Jake’s Run4Play 5K run and one-mile walk was held Sunday, with funds raised to build all-inclusive playground at Delran Community Park.

The playground, which will be constructed at the park on Hartford Road by Build Jake’s Place, will feature amenities that allow children with disabilities to play in a way they may not be able to at other playgrounds, including...

5 Fantastic Accessible Playgrounds

5 Fantastic Accessible Playgrounds

Playgrounds have come a long way over the years - check out these accessible playgrounds.

It’s not enough anymore to make sure that basic ramps are in place or that standard safety measures are applied. These days, accessible playgrounds are meant for everyone—young and old—to have fun, interact and experience the freedom of learning and play. These places cater to people of all ages with sensory, physical or psychological  needs, as well as the needs of their friends, parents and caregivers.

Here are a handful of our favorites...

Throwback Thursday: Five years of Build Jake’s Place Boundless Playground

Throwback Thursday: Five years of Build Jake’s Place Boundless Playground

A little more than five years ago, a unique playground began to take shape at Challenge Grove Park in Cherry Hill.

The Aug. 3, 2011, edition of The Cherry Hill Sun included the story of the groundbreaking of a new playground called Build Jake’s Place Boundless playground. The groundbreaking for the playground took place on July 27, with construction taking just a few months. The playground opened to the public on Oct. 15.

The playground was unlike any other in the area. It was the first...

Wells Fargo shows support for Build Jake's Place

Wells Fargo shows support for Build Jake's Place

[Press Release] Build Jake’s Place, the South Jersey non-profit best known for “Jake’s Place” Playground in Cherry Hill, was awarded a $1,000 grant on August 3rd by Wells Fargo to support their mission of building all-accessible playgrounds and play experiences which allow children of every ability the joy of playing together.

Jake’s Place, at Challenge Grove Park in Cherry Hill, New Jersey has received numerous local and national awards and was named by USA TODAY as one of the top ten all-access playgrounds in the US. It is visited daily by hundreds of children of every ability. Build Jake’s Place is currently working on a new all-access playground to be built in Delran, NJ.

"Build Jake’s Place and the children and families we represent appreciate the support Wells Fargo has provided,”...

Sons of Baseball teams up with BJP's Miracle League

Sons of Baseball teams up with BJP's Miracle League

On July 18, 2016 the Sons of Baseball Foundation teamed up with our Camden County NJ Miracle League organization to give one of our CCNJML players an MVP experience at a Philadelphia Phillies game. 

Congratulations to Mark & Sherry Black for being chosen! 

Special thanks to the Sons of Baseball Foundation & the Philadelphia Phillies organization for the...

IN FOCUS: Camden County's Miracle League and Jake's Place

IN FOCUS: Camden County's Miracle League and Jake's Place

On In Focus we highlight Camden County’s Miracle League whose slogan is, “More than just baseball.” It’s where everyone is an M-V-P. They play at Boundless Field in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The league is for adults and children starting at age five who have various ability levels. It’s also where you’ll find, “Jake’s Place,” a specially constructed playground where...

BJP donates to Evan's Elementary

BJP donates to Evan's Elementary

This morning our Executive Director Arthur Aston went to Evan's Elementary School in Marlton to present a donation from Build Jake's Place for accessible swings the school wants to purchase for their playground. 

This is part of the Third Grade Service Learning project at Evan's Elementary. Their classmate Kai Dakhari has a disability, and to learn more about his disability, and more importantly Kai's ABILITIES, his classmates decided to begin making changes right at their school. They hope to...

Jake's Place raises awareness in Delran, beyond

Jake's Place raises awareness in Delran, beyond

As the fundraising efforts continue for an all-inclusive playground to be built at the Delran Community Park off Hartford Road, Jake's Place has inspired state legislation for similar projects across New Jersey.

Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and state Sen. James Beach have sponsored a bill to ensure every county has a playground that any child, including those with disabilities, can play on. Both Democrats represent the 6th District and live in Voorhees.

The proposed legislation, advanced Monday by the Assembly's Women and Children’s Committee, would clear the way for state funds to be used to...

25 great playgrounds in SJ and Philly

25 great playgrounds in SJ and Philly

Kayin “Kai” Dakhari, 9, loves his weekly trips to Jake's Place playground in Cherry Hill. Here, Kai can play on the equipment like everyone else, even though he is in a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy.

“It feels great when all kids can be equal,” says Kai, a third-grader at Evans Elementary School in Marlton. “And going to the park gives me brain breaks to help me be more focused once I get back to my schoolwork.”

Visiting a playground gives children a chance to...

Play ball: Kids with disabilities get baseball buddies

Play ball: Kids with disabilities get baseball buddies

CHERRY HILL - Arthur Aston shared a simple message when he spoke at a a disability awareness presentation at Cherry Hill East a year ago.

"Everyone of every ability, when given the opportunity, can achieve their goals."

It was clear after the visit, the Camden County NJ Miracle League manager's message hit a home run with East juniors Joe Levin and Holly Seybold.

The presentation inspired 17-year-old Levin and 16-year-old Seybold to...