April 2001 Bulletin

Orthopaedists build safe accessible park

Hundreds of orthopaedic surgeons, industry representatives and residents of the surrounding community turned out to help build a safe and accessible playground in San Mateo, Calif. on Feb. 27, the day before the opening of the AAOS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

In a grove of eucalyptus trees, to the songs of Phil Collins, the workers dug into the earth, poured concrete, painted fences and planted flowers. The music turned to jazz, the barbecue lunch was consumed and by 3 p.m. the playground was born. Replacing the rotting wooden structures of a previous playground that was built in 1975 are bright red and blue plastic and metal structures. The playground at the Coyote Point public park is designed to exceed the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In 2000, the AAOS teamed up with industry representatives and others to build a safe and accessible playground at a school in Orlando, Fla. where the Academy was holdings it Annual Meeting.

At the opening ceremony of this year’s Annual Meeting, the AAOS received the Summit Award from the American Society of Association Executives for the project. In addition to the AAOS, the following organizations supported the Coyote Point playground construction: Stryker Corporation; DePuy Orthopaedics, a Johnson & Johnson Company; DePuy Acromed, a Johnson & Johnson Company; DePuy Ace, a Johnson & Johnson Company; Mitek Products; Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories; EBI Marketing/Biomet; Smith & Nephew; Kaiser Permanente; William Blair & Company; Aircast; Zimmer; Medtronic Sofamor Danek; Wright Medical; Bledsoe Brace Systems; Arthrocare; Beere Precision Medical Instruments, Inc.; National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON); Fluoroscan; Paragon Medical, Inc.; Endotec; and Proper Service.

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