Hadley's Park

Hadley's Park A place for ALL kids to play together... Hadley’s Park is loved by children in Maryland. Its founder, Shelley Kramm, is Hadley’s mom. Shelley had a dream to create a special playground where both her daughters could play together with children of all capabilities.
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Up until the founding of Hadley’s Park in 1996, it was very difficult to locate a playground for both of them to play together with other children; for Sarah was a typical able child and her sister Hadley with Cerebral Palsy used a wheelchair. It was difficult and sometimes impossible to navigate any other playground because the ground covering, usually wood chips and restraining wood beams to kee

Up until the founding of Hadley’s Park in 1996, it was very difficult to locate a playground for both of them to play together with other children; for Sarah was a typical able child and her sister Hadley with Cerebral Palsy used a wheelchair. It was difficult and sometimes impossible to navigate any other playground because the ground covering, usually wood chips and restraining wood beams to kee

Thank you to Bethesda Magazine for including Hadley's Park as one of your 5 Favorite Playgrounds in your Newcomers Guide...
06/30/2021

Thank you to Bethesda Magazine for including Hadley's Park as one of your 5 Favorite Playgrounds in your Newcomers Guide! We've had a little rough patch with The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission on recreating our signs and getting them back up but it is happening! Most importantly our street sign, YES, this will ALWAYS be Hadley's Park! #IAmABLE #PlayforAll #fullyinclusiveplay #inclusionmatters #bethechange

Thank you to Bethesda Magazine for including Hadley's Park as one of your 5 Favorite Playgrounds in your Newcomers Guide! We've had a little rough patch with The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission on recreating our signs and getting them back up but it is happening! Most importantly our street sign, YES, this will ALWAYS be Hadley's Park! #IAmABLE #PlayforAll #fullyinclusiveplay #inclusionmatters #bethechange

For all of you with Special Needs family members, I have gone on to create a website to be a resource for special needs ...
02/22/2021

For all of you with Special Needs family members, I have gone on to create a website to be a resource for special needs moms. We have a great initial team of Special-ist's who are contributing posts that we hope you will find informative, fun, and educational.

We'd like to introduce you to our Initial Special-ist Contributors for the Special Needs Moms of Montgomery County Maryland's new website. These women will be bringing you posts to help you on your journey as a special needs mom.
👉 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.203520124550944...

#specialneedsmom #specialneedsfamily #specialneedsparenting #specialneedsjourney #Wellness #mentalhealth #cerebralpalsy #autism #speechandlanguage #physicaltherapy #occupationaltherapy #cognitivebehavioraltherapy #washingtondc #montgomerycountymaryland

For all of you with Special Needs family members, I have gone on to create a website to be a resource for special needs moms. We have a great initial team of Special-ist's who are contributing posts that we hope you will find informative, fun, and educational.

We'd like to introduce you to our Initial Special-ist Contributors for the Special Needs Moms of Montgomery County Maryland's new website. These women will be bringing you posts to help you on your journey as a special needs mom.
👉 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.203520124550944...

#specialneedsmom #specialneedsfamily #specialneedsparenting #specialneedsjourney #Wellness #mentalhealth #cerebralpalsy #autism #speechandlanguage #physicaltherapy #occupationaltherapy #cognitivebehavioraltherapy #washingtondc #montgomerycountymaryland

So NOT happy about this...1. Where is our main sign at the entrance to the park on Falls Road? 2. Hadley Farm?! It is Ha...
12/09/2020

So NOT happy about this...
1. Where is our main sign at the entrance to the park on Falls Road?
2. Hadley Farm?! It is Hadley’s Park!
3. Park and Planning tore up the $250K poured in place surfacing because it wasn’t maintained properly with repairs until it became a hazard and they replaced it with these tiles which now are a huge hazard.
4. Our signs.... one face down on ground and the posts I was told have been replaced. There is NO way these are new. One sign says-Chairpersons? Should be Hadley’s Park Inc. Board of Directors. Did they spend so little time looking at what was there?
5. Park and planning ripped out our upper body area for those with physical disabilities. This is the heart and soul of what this playground was about; a level playing ground for ALL children... And what did they do with that area? Put down more picnic tables... Really? 😆
There are more things but these are on the top of the list. I have been trying to work with park and planning for the last year. I’m upset, embarrassed and disappointed! This playground was a labor of love not only by myself but a lot of others and I’d like it returned to the way it was when it was turned over to park and planning! 👎💔

Happy Halloween! Just loving this pumpkin! We'd love to see your kids in their costumes or any Halloween decorations or ...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! Just loving this pumpkin! We'd love to see your kids in their costumes or any Halloween decorations or crafts they made. Please share below 🎃#AccessForAll

05/10/2020

Wishing all of the wonderful mom's in our extended community a very happy and special Mother's Day!

04/20/2020

We’ve seen a lot of “check-ins” here recently and we want to make sure everyone is safe and healthy and practicing social distancing, and please stay off equipment! ❤️

03/09/2020

Hello Friends!
After the second person stoping me today I thought I’d share this and please feel free to pass it on! Hadley’s Park is indeed Hadley’s Park! This first of its kind in Maryland and the county was a labor of love by a lot of folks and has been loved by many. Upon ribbon cutting it was donated to MNCPPC with the legal understanding that it is to be known as Hadley’s Park forever! We have been in touch with MNCPPC about the sign issues and we are meeting with them shortly to get ALL of our signs BACK!

I went for a "run" on Thursday around Hadley's Park. I was hoping it would bring me inspiration and some smiles which it...
05/25/2019

I went for a "run" on Thursday around Hadley's Park. I was hoping it would bring me inspiration and some smiles which it did but it also brought me a bit of angst. The playground looks rundown, is missing some of our signage and play elements. The dream of Hadley's Park was that of many and I was the catalyst to make it happen. I am now reaching out the the community who have used it for almost 20 years to help me raise funds to spruce it back up! If you are interested in being on a committee please PM me, ALSO i would very much like to see photo's of families who have enjoyed the park and get testimonials too. I'm going to create a website to share all of this on!! I know you've loved it, please help continue to keep the dream alive! ♥️#HadleysParkTurns20 #playforall #IAmAble

Thank you to everyone who has sent their thoughts and prayers for Hadley during this very difficult time. We are happy t...
06/25/2016

Thank you to everyone who has sent their thoughts and prayers for Hadley during this very difficult time. We are happy to say after a very serious dance with pneumonia, thoracic surgery, and the ICU we are Sooo happy to hear talk of discharge! #staystrongHadley

All i want for Christmas is for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to put back Hadley's Park's S...
12/22/2015

All i want for Christmas is for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to put back Hadley's Park's Sign! PLEASE share!!! #HadleysPark #inclusiveplay #playforall #iamable

Friends, please take a moment to help my soul sister Catherine, Co-Founder of Shane's Inspiration keep our dream of play...
11/08/2015
Vote For The Women Of Worth - L'Oréal Paris

Friends, please take a moment to help my soul sister Catherine, Co-Founder of Shane's Inspiration keep our dream of play for all alive! #iamable

Vote For The Women Of Worth by L'Oréal Paris. Be a part of the change & vote for the woman who has made a big change in her community by dedicating her life to a special cause.

We LOVE when our friends share their photo's of their visits to Hadley's Park! Thanks so much Ben George for sharing and...
09/07/2015

We LOVE when our friends share their photo's of their visits to Hadley's Park! Thanks so much Ben George for sharing and checking in! Hope you had a great time!

08/03/2015

I recently had a very serious discussion with a few former Board Members of Hadley's Park about what seems to going on at Hadley's Playground at Falls Road Local Park. Seems a meeting with MNPPC Commissioner will be next. #gettingonmysoapbox and I might need the communities help!

Happy 2015 to all of Hadley's Park's Friends and families! We hope you have many hours of happiness and smiles with your...
01/01/2015

Happy 2015 to all of Hadley's Park's Friends and families! We hope you have many hours of happiness and smiles with your families at the park this year! ~Shelley & Hadley and our family

12/24/2014
Shane's Inspiration Holiday Video 2014

This is such a wonderful video about an exceptional "sister organization" Shane's Inspiration who has kept the dream of play for ALL alive! Congrats on all of your fantastic work! Very SPECIAL people who bring HAPPINESS to ALL children! http://youtu.be/0TgYPtCSEc8

Thanking you for all you did to help us in 2014 and wishing you the best for 2015!

Sarah came across this event and sent it over my way this morning. If anyone wants to walk in the Buddy Walk to benefit ...
10/07/2014

Sarah came across this event and sent it over my way this morning. If anyone wants to walk in the Buddy Walk to benefit Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County here is the info! It's at Hadley's Park! *Tell them Hadley sent you! ;)

As I was doing my work this evening I came across this post written by a Mom who visited Hadley's Park and I was so happ...
10/06/2014
Hadley's Park

As I was doing my work this evening I came across this post written by a Mom who visited Hadley's Park and I was so happy to see her little sons enjoy the park so much, and glad to know Hadley's legacy lives on!

The Danielson clan discovered another amazing park yesterday, this time about 20 minutes from our home. The park is technically called the Falls Road Park but most people know it as Hadley's Park. ...

07/31/2014

Who thinks MNPPC Should replace the Hadley's Playground Sign that they took down? Hands up! Please Share!

06/01/2014

I have decided to make an appointment with the powers that be at Park & Planning, I was hoping to get some testimonials from families who have used Hadley's Park, if you could please share this with all of your friends and family to help me bring Hadley's Park back to what it was with the intention that I created it, I would appreciate it!

04/03/2014

I'm not very pleased with The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission they took down the sign for Hadley's Playground @ the Falls Road local Park! Seriously!!! My oldest daughter almost had a car accident in front of it when she said "MOM, where's the sign?" 5 years of our families life! Countless hours, many others help! I think they owe it to us to replace the sign!! They already ripped out our logo on the ground in the surfacing, pulled out the fully inclusive upper body area for children in wheelchairs and put down picnic tables. They never enlarged the parking that they promised they would if the playground was "successful". I'm very upset and embarrassed that the first playground, the namesake of my daughter, one of the most used playgrounds in the State that won many awards seems to have lost the spirit it was built in by Park and Planning. I think we'd all like an explanation ands a replaced sign with our logo!

This is for all the very special children in the world!
03/13/2014

This is for all the very special children in the world!

Please remember...

Check out the amazing work our friends Shane's Inspiration are doing, I think a GOLD MEDAL is deserved! woot woot! #iama...
02/11/2014

Check out the amazing work our friends Shane's Inspiration are doing, I think a GOLD MEDAL is deserved! woot woot! #iamable

Today is the GRAND OPENING of our playground in association with McDonald's and the 2014 Olympic Paralympic Games in SOCHI, RUSSIA!!! Check out how awesome it turned out!

Happy Happy Birthday to the little lady who inspired the whole movement!
02/07/2014

Happy Happy Birthday to the little lady who inspired the whole movement!

and another smile!
12/20/2013

and another smile!

this made me smile a lil!
10/13/2013

this made me smile a lil!

do NOT ever underestimate the power of a mother! someone once laughed at me and i raised 1 million dollars and built tha...
08/02/2013

do NOT ever underestimate the power of a mother! someone once laughed at me and i raised 1 million dollars and built that first park! #specialneedsmomsaredynamite

07/27/2013

Big News: I am updating my website as a part of this will be offering help on bringing accessible playgrounds to your area! stay tuned!

Happy 4th of July everyone! Get out there and "play!"
07/04/2013

Happy 4th of July everyone! Get out there and "play!"

06/11/2013
Montgomery County, MD - Press Releases

so i saw this in the paper this week, very interesting.... wondering what the outcome will be since Montgomery County ripped out a large part of Hadley's Park which was fully inclusive to put down "picnic tables"... not like they didn't have any land to build that to the side..... http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/apps/News/press/PR_details.asp?PrID=9479

Obtain listings of all press releases issued by the Office of the County Executive, Montgomery County, MD.

After 21 years my little lady is getting ready to "rollll" across the stage and graduate from MCPS.... #proudspecialneed...
06/04/2013

After 21 years my little lady is getting ready to "rollll" across the stage and graduate from MCPS.... #proudspecialneedsmamamoment

a ground level merry go round... how about that friends?
05/29/2013

a ground level merry go round... how about that friends?

can you believe she's old enough for "prom?" and she's the very special prom queen!!
05/24/2013

can you believe she's old enough for "prom?" and she's the very special prom queen!!

That smile says it all! Big shout out to our Bethesda Row team for being part of Hadley's Prom celebration!

"A truly special night for our special needs daughter as she was crowned Thomas Wotton's Senior Class Prom Queen" ~ Shelley Kramm

http://animoto.com/play/OCLywqhEOAVf0jB1y13uNw

such wonderful things done here! Conductive Ed really has helped Hadley over the years!
05/07/2013

such wonderful things done here! Conductive Ed really has helped Hadley over the years!

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12600 Falls Rd
Potomac, MD
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Do the swings, seesaws, etc hold wheelchairs or do you have to get out of the wheelchair?
What are the tiles made out of? Are they soft if fallen on? The poured in place rubber gets hot and smells of chemicals- so actively seeking alternatives!