WHAT:safe, accessible playground

Each year since 2000, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has sponsored a volunteer build to kick-off its Annual Meeting, leaving behind a legacy of safe, accessible playgrounds to the Annual Meeting’s host city so that children with and without disabilities can play safely together.

In 2012, AAOS will build a Safe, Accessible Playground in northeast San Francisco at the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (Tel-Hi).

With crayons and markers in hand, children from the surrounding neighborhoods will let their imaginations soar at the Safe, Accessible Playground Design Day as they draw the playground of their dreams. Community members will participate in a mid-afternoon event packed with interactive exercises to share concepts of their ideal play space. In partnership with Tel-Hi and KaBOOM!, the groups then incorporate the designs and concepts to physically build the Playground in one day on Tues., Feb. 7, 2012, officially beginning the 2012 AAOS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.


Children and Parents from Tel-Hi;
AAOS representative Daniel J. Solomon, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine; representatives from Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center; and KaBOOM! will also be on hand.


Tues., Nov. 15, 2011safe, accessible playground
2:00 pm: Site Walk Through 
3:00 pm: Children’s Drawing Session 
4:00 pm: Adult Portion


Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center
660 Lombard Street, 
San Francisco, CA  94133


Orthopaedic surgeons are the physicians who treat many people with physical disabilities. They see first-hand the fractures, dislocations and other results of playground injuries and falls.

The Safe, Accessible Playground Build is an opportunity for orthopaedic surgeons to give back to its Annual Meeting’s host city.

This playground will offer children exercise opportunities for balance, flexibility, and strength to build strong bones.


  • Children with and without disabilities drawing the park of their dreams;
  • Before shots of the playground site.