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The Miracle League at the Langham Creek Family YMCA, Cleary Family Playground

Houston, TX USA

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Playground Overview

The Miracle League at the Langham Creek Family YMCA in Houston, Texas, is an inclusive play environment featuring a PlayBooster® playstructure. The playground design is filled with inclusive playground components like the Sway Fun® glider, Rollerslide and Roller Table™, OmniSpin® spinner, Sensory Play Center® along with playground slides, climbers and sensory-stimulating activity panels. CoolToppers® shade products are integrated into the playstructure to keep children sun-safe all summer long while adding dimension and color into the landscape. Wide ramps, vibrant colors and a range of play opportunities welcome children of all abilities.


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Playground products shown in video may not be appropriate for every age group. Playsystems shown in video are for demonstration purposes only. Product configurations may vary.

Video features the playground at the Cleary Family Playground and Miracle League field at the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Adaptive sports complex.

[video: scene begins with a ground view up to the sign hanging in the peak of the sports complex. The sign reads: J.E. and L.E. Mabee Adaptive Sports Complex.]

[video: Camera switches to a view of a brick wall of the building with a sign reading: Langham Creek Family YMCA.]

[video: scene switches to the fenced in Cleary Family playground from the wheelchair access ramp. Camera switch to a panning view of the inclusive Miracle League field while a game is being played. An announcer indistinctly speaks over the park loud speaker. Camera switches to an aerial pan of the playground and Miracle League field. Camera switches and is placed behind home plate as a young boy up to bat hits the ball down the third base line. He drops his bat and runs to first. The crowd cheers. A volunteer and player sit on the gowned across from each other with their legs spread in the shape of a V. Their feet touch to keep the softball they are rolling back and forth from rolling away. The young boy rolls the ball to the volunteer and turns to smile at the camera. Scene switches to a volunteer kneeling next to a player standing at the shortstop position, he hands the young boy a softball. Camera zooms onto the back of a volunteer’s shirt that reads: buddy. The volunteer holds onto a player at second base. A volunteer flips his head upside down to look under a player’s baseball cap. Scene switches to a young girl wearing a Chicago Cubs shirt swings from the playground monkey bars. She smiles at the camera as she swings. Scene switches to a girl with glasses as she swings herself on the Oodle swing. Camera switches to a young boy climbing up and away from the camera on the Conical Climber. A girl swings rung to rung on the Overhead Trekker Ladder monkey bar set on the Evos play structure. Camera zooms out from the OmniSpin as two girls ride while an adult spins them around. Scene switches to an adult and two girls working together to make the Sway Fun glide back and forth. Camera switches to three kids swinging together on the Oodle swing. A young girl smiles at the camera as she bounces up and down on the Wee-saw multiple rider seesaw. Camera follows a young boy as he slides down the middle lane of the Cloudburst Slide. Camera fallows another boy as he slides down the middle lane of the Cloudburst slide. Scene switches to the camera looking up through the O-Zone climber rings as a young boy lets himself down off one of the rings. Camera close-up of young boy climbing through O-Zone climber rings. Scene switches to an elevated panning view of entire playground. Young girl moves herself down the Roller Table by the overhead arched bars towards the camera. A young boy smiles as he lays down on the OmniSpin while being spun. Scene switches to a volunteer as they guides a player with an implanted hearing device to second base. A volunteer and player hold hands as they run in slow motion to first base towards the camera. The player smiles as they reach first base. A young boy in a wheelchair wearing a Chicago cubs t-shirt and hat gives the camera a big smile and a thumbs up. A volunteer and a young boy in a wheelchair pose for the camera by giving a thumbs up and a smiling. A young boy wearing a blue batting helmet swings his bat at a ball on a tee. He hits the ball off the tee. Scene switches to an elevated view of two girls being pushed on the Oodle Swing by an older girl. A girl makes her way rung by rung across the Bow Ladder monkey bar set in slow motion. She reaches the last run and drops to her feet. A young boy runs across the bridge platform away from the camera. A young girl smiles at the camera as her and the camera spin on the OmniSpin. Point of view camera is place on a young boy’s wheelchair as he is pushed down the third base line to home plate. A woman off camera speaks.]

Woman off camera: Woo, give them a high five! Yeah!

[video: the boy in the wheelchair gives a high five to the volunteer as he is pushed towards home plate. He reaches home plate and turns to the camera to cheer.]

Young boy in wheelchair: Yeah!

[video: camera pans a pile of baseball gloves in a pile in the dugout. Camera close-up of a baseball on the PebbleFlex safety field surfacing. Elevated panning view of the playground and Miracle League field with children playing all around. Screen goes white with The Miracle League logo. The Miracle League logo is made of a blue baseball home plate with a white circle with purple half-moon shapes make up the laces of a baseball. Two yellow stars are at the top right of the plate with a single purple star above the plate. An orange heart shape surrounds the baseball and a yellow stars on the plate. Text below in orange and purple text reads: The Miracle League. Landscape Structure logo pans up from the bottom of the screen. The Landscape Structures logo is made of a red ribbon undulating above the text landscape structures. Red text below the logo reads: Better playgrounds. Better world.™]

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All Together In Play

A new Houston playground where everyone is included

The idea behind the Langham Creek Family YMCA’s Miracle League adaptive sports complex started with three friends: Alan Wallace, Rodney Finke and Mack Hoehner – all fathers who coached their kids’ baseball teams and wanted to give back to the community in a meaningful way.

Their mission began with a YMCA Miracle League sports field that provided kids with special needs the opportunity to play baseball. Its synthetic turf allows people who rely on mobility devices to move easily across the surface even during times of rain. Inspired by the field’s great success, the men set their sights on creating a larger adaptive complex for children with special needs—including a pavilion to keep families in the shade, office space, a concessions stand, and a barrier-free playground suitable for all children.

The playground – like the sports field – was designed for all children regardless of their age or abilities. As a proud partner of the Langham Creek Family YMCA and Miracle League, Landscape Structures helped design the playground.

Playground products shown in video may not be appropriate for every age group. Playsystems shown in video are for demonstration purposes only. Product configurations may vary.

Video features the playground at the Cleary Family Playground and Miracle League field at the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Adaptive sports complex.

[video: scene begins with a ground view up to the sign hanging in the peak of the sports complex. The sign reads: J.E. and L.E. Mabee Adaptive Sports Complex.]

[video: Camera switches to a view of a brick wall of the building with a sign reading: Langham Creek Family YMCA.]

[video: scene switches to the fenced in Cleary Family playground from the wheelchair access ramp. Camera switch to a panning view of the inclusive Miracle League field while a game is being played. An announcer indistinctly speaks over the park loud speaker. Camera switches to an aerial pan of the playground and Miracle League field. Camera switches and is placed behind home plate as a young boy up to bat hits the ball down the third base line. He drops his bat and runs to first. The crowd cheers. A volunteer and player sit on the gowned across from each other with their legs spread in the shape of a V. Their feet touch to keep the softball they are rolling back and forth from rolling away. The young boy rolls the ball to the volunteer and turns to smile at the camera. Scene switches to a volunteer kneeling next to a player standing at the shortstop position, he hands the young boy a softball. Camera zooms onto the back of a volunteer’s shirt that reads: buddy. The volunteer holds onto a player at second base. A volunteer flips his head upside down to look under a player’s baseball cap. Scene switches to a young girl wearing a Chicago Cubs shirt swings from the playground monkey bars. She smiles at the camera as she swings. Scene switches to a girl with glasses as she swings herself on the Oodle swing. Camera switches to a young boy climbing up and away from the camera on the Conical Climber. A girl swings rung to rung on the Overhead Trekker Ladder monkey bar set on the Evos play structure. Camera zooms out from the OmniSpin as two girls ride while an adult spins them around. Scene switches to an adult and two girls working together to make the Sway Fun glide back and forth. Camera switches to three kids swinging together on the Oodle swing. A young girl smiles at the camera as she bounces up and down on the Wee-saw multiple rider seesaw. Camera follows a young boy as he slides down the middle lane of the Cloudburst Slide. Camera fallows another boy as he slides down the middle lane of the Cloudburst slide. Scene switches to the camera looking up through the O-Zone climber rings as a young boy lets himself down off one of the rings. Camera close-up of young boy climbing through O-Zone climber rings. Scene switches to an elevated panning view of entire playground. Young girl moves herself down the Roller Table by the overhead arched bars towards the camera. A young boy smiles as he lays down on the OmniSpin while being spun. Scene switches to a volunteer as they guides a player with an implanted hearing device to second base. A volunteer and player hold hands as they run in slow motion to first base towards the camera. The player smiles as they reach first base. A young boy in a wheelchair wearing a Chicago cubs t-shirt and hat gives the camera a big smile and a thumbs up. A volunteer and a young boy in a wheelchair pose for the camera by giving a thumbs up and a smiling. A young boy wearing a blue batting helmet swings his bat at a ball on a tee. He hits the ball off the tee. Scene switches to an elevated view of two girls being pushed on the Oodle Swing by an older girl. A girl makes her way rung by rung across the Bow Ladder monkey bar set in slow motion. She reaches the last run and drops to her feet. A young boy runs across the bridge platform away from the camera. A young girl smiles at the camera as her and the camera spin on the OmniSpin. Point of view camera is place on a young boy’s wheelchair as he is pushed down the third base line to home plate. A woman off camera speaks.]

Woman off camera: Woo, give them a high five! Yeah!

[video: the boy in the wheelchair gives a high five to the volunteer as he is pushed towards home plate. He reaches home plate and turns to the camera to cheer.]

Young boy in wheelchair: Yeah!

[video: camera pans a pile of baseball gloves in a pile in the dugout. Camera close-up of a baseball on the PebbleFlex safety field surfacing. Elevated panning view of the playground and Miracle League field with children playing all around. Screen goes white with The Miracle League logo. The Miracle League logo is made of a blue baseball home plate with a white circle with purple half-moon shapes make up the laces of a baseball. Two yellow stars are at the top right of the plate with a single purple star above the plate. An orange heart shape surrounds the baseball and a yellow stars on the plate. Text below in orange and purple text reads: The Miracle League. Landscape Structure logo pans up from the bottom of the screen. The Landscape Structures logo is made of a red ribbon undulating above the text landscape structures. Red text below the logo reads: Better playgrounds. Better world.™]

Houston’s First Adaptive Sports Complex

 “The founders of this project wanted its final piece to be a huge inclusive playground that could serve our entire community because nothing like this existed in Houston,” said Matt Thompson, district executive director of the Langham Creek Family YMCA. “Upon completion in 2015, we had created the first and only adaptive sports complex in Houston.”

"The founders of this project wanted its final piece to be a huge inclusive playground that could serve our entire community because nothing like this existed in Houston,"Matt Thompson,district executive director of the Langham Creek Family YMCA

The complex serves more than 1,000 individuals with special needs who wish to play baseball, flag football, basketball, swimming, tennis and soccer in the nearly 9,000 square-mile Greater Houston area.

Even in its early planning phases, this project garnered immense community support, enabling the YMCA to complete the project entirely through community donations.

“The YMCA Miracle League’s grassroots, community-driven efforts brought a wealth of personal experience from families and children who have special needs to the playground planning process,” said Jane Jenewein, strategic alliance manager with Landscape Structures. “Children who rely on mobility devices are fully accommodated on this playground that offers ramps and extra-wide walkways, oversize swings and so much more,” she said.

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Ultimately, the YMCA has created a park that has something to offer every child. The playground enables freedom of movement, whether children use a mobility device or not, with poured-in-place surfacing and a network of decks and ramps that lead to each playground component. To protect children from the heat and UV rays, CoolToppers® are interspersed throughout the play structure. Kids ages 5 to 12 are engaged by PlayBooster components including the Conical Climber™, Gemini SlideWinder2® and a Lollipop Climber with Vibe® Handholds. Kids can climb over, under and through the Evos® Arches with O-Zone® Climber next to the PlayBooster structure.

Surrounding the main playground structure are several freestanding play elements that provide sensory-rich play options. For example, the Sensory Play Center® features a series of tactile, visual and auditory-stimulating panels that engage all children, including those who have special sensory processing needs. Other freestanding play features are the Roller Table™, an Oodle® Swing and the fully wheelchair accessible Sway Fun® Glider.

“One of the best parts of this playground is giving typical kids and their families the opportunity to learn and have a better awareness of what’s around them, so they truly understand what it means to love everyone,” Matt Thompson district executive director of the Langham Creek Family YMCA

“We didn’t want the YMCA Miracle League playground to only be a place for kids with special needs. Instead, we incorporated state-of-the-art features that encourage all kids to play together,” Matt said.

Learning to Serve and Love Everyone

The Langham Creek Family YMCA serves more than 215 families through its adaptive programs. Since opening, a number of people in the community have expressed interest in building similar inclusive playgrounds throughout other parts of Houston.

“One of the best parts of this playground is giving typical kids and their families the opportunity to learn and have a better awareness of what’s around them, so they truly understand what it means to love everyone,” said Matt. “It’s awesome to see it being enjoyed in person.”

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