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Whether you are looking to improve your child’s body awareness, coordination, overall strengthening, provide an opportunity to release some of their extra energy, or simply get out and enjoy the sunshine Ronald Reagan Park, previously referred to as Toyon Park is a great place to do it all. When arriving at the play structure, which is on wood chips, you will see there are 2 different areas. The first one is geared towards younger children and the other is taller and more catered to older kids. If you have two children who prefer the different structures, they are only feet apart and a parent can keep a watchful eye on both at the same time.
If you child struggles with proprioceptive input or knowing where their body is in space. Ronald Reagan Park is a great location to be able to provide the input they are seeking with many things to climb on. There is a rope web type structure, a rock wall, and monkey bars. Through climbing children improve their overall strength and they must learn to plan their movements.
Swinging your child provides them with passive vestibular input that gives them feedback about their balance and movement. Ronald Reagan Park provides 3 different kinds of swing depending on your child’s core strength, or ability to support themselves while being propelled forward and backward. There are two bucket swings that provide support all the way around your child. Two chair swings that provide you child with full back and head support. Two flat swings for those who are more independent. Finally, there is one disc rope swing seat attached to a zip line for those who are more proficient in muscle tone, righting reactions, and postural security.
Investigating textures is a great way to incorporate sensory play into your trip to the park. There are wood chips, sand, grass, and dirt all available to explore. Touching and describing the different textures is a fun way to help your child build neural pathways, develop motor skills, and encourage exploration.