Local Adventure Grove Hopes to Follow ‘QuiNBy’ Success

QUAKERTOWN PA – After three years of planning and construction, the Bucks County borough of Quakertown succeeded Friday (June 17, 2022) in opening QuiNBy’s Playground, an inclusive play experience for children of all ages and abilities. An effort to establish a similar playground in the Pottsgrove area, called Adventure Grove, is “moving right along in our progress to the finish,” its website says.

Pottsgrove Board of School Directors veteran member Patti Grimm is president of Adventure Grove Inclusive Playground Inc., a nonprofit organization created in July 2021 to turn the dream of the inclusive play area into a reality. She talked briefly following Tuesday’s school board meeting about the group’s recent activity.

It’s currently involved in fund-raising with participation in this year’s Rotary Club of Pottstown Independence Day Duck Race event, and joined in local fund-raising efforts during May, March, and February as well. It also held a March meet-and-greet event in West Pottsgrove to introduce the organization and its plans to the public.

Growing public awareness of the non-profit’s goals has attracted volunteer support, and a sponsorship too. KidSense Consignment Events, a consignment company that specializes in children’s clothing and merchandise, in April designated Adventure Grove as one of its donation partners.

Perhaps most importantly, the group and its playground design partner, Minnesota-based Landscape Structures Inc., have created a YouTube video that shows potential features the organization hopes can be included in Adventure Grove. See it above, or at its YouTube channel, here.

What Quakertown accomplished

For the playground in Quakertown the borough partnered with a community business, QNB Bank, which donated $250,000 to become its title sponsor. Borough officials also won National Park Service funding for the project, which cost more than $1 million to complete.

The new QuiNBy’s Playground replaced Quakertown’s former, 30-year-old Panther Playground in the 600 block of West Mill Street. The wooden equipment at Panther was removed after it exceeded its structural lifespan by seven years, according to the borough. That paved the way to offer a prominent location for what now is its inclusive playground.

QuiNBy’s offers play areas for both school-aged (5-12) children, and those of pre-school (2-5) ages. “In the school-aged area, the focal point is the GIANT Castle Structure that comes at a staggering height of 21-29 feet,” according to the borough Parks and Recreation Department. “The tall GIANT tower is jam-packed with physical and cognitive play activities from top to bottom, inside and out,” it added.

Details on days and hours of operation at Quakertown’s QuiNBy’s Playground were not immediately available online. For information about its project, send the department an e-mail to parksrec@quakertown.org.

Screenshot photo and video provided by Adventure Grove Inclusive Playground Inc.