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themed playground focusing on African
American history is something
that had not been done before in
Loudoun County, in the Commonwealth
of Virginia, or to this degree
in this nation, " adds Torpy.
Features of the playground include
a replica of the Montgomery
Bus on which Rosa Parks refused to
give up her seat in protest. The bus
is depicted breaking through a brick
climbing wall and symbolizes crashing
through barriers to expose the
truth. The Selma Bridge, one of the
most iconic symbols of the modern
struggle for civil and voting rights in
the United States, is a climber replica
where kids can see themselves
crossing bridges to a brighter future.
Educational Play
The replicas of the Hall of Heroes,
the Selma Bridge and the Montgomery
Bus, as well as the space pioneer's
space capsule and the Garrett
Morgan traffic signal, are all one-ofa-kind
structures that promote social
and culturally conscious play.
" Unity, hope and peace are the
foundation that the playground is anchored
on. You will find those three
words stamped on the rubberized
safety surface of the playground, "
says Rameir Martin, assistant director
of Loudoun County PRCS.
" Each of those words [is] reflected
in the custom structures of the playground
designed to embody an authentic
play experience through intentional
educational components. "
Inventors, business leaders, writers
and celebrities are depicted on
educational panels throughout the
playground. The panels capture the
struggle and hope of African American
people throughout our nation's
history and can be explored by children
and adults alike.
Adding to the historic nature of
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the playground, plans are in place
to install welcoming statues of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. and President
Barack Obama at the entrance. The
statue design for Dr. King is inscribed
with the words " I Have a Dream, "
and President Obama's statue design
includes his famous quote, " Your
voice can change the world. "
Kraig Troxell is Communications Manager for the Loudoun
County (Virginia) Department of Parks, Recreation and
Community Services (kraig.troxell@loudoun.gov).

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