Gov. Murphy Signs Jake's Law to Aid in Building Inclusive Playgrounds

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Governor Phil Murphy has signed into law a measure that makes it easier for counties to build inclusive playgrounds for children and adults with disabilities.

The bill, known as Jake’s Law, was signed on Thursday, August 23rd, and allows counties that build inclusive playgrounds to apply for state funding.

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The legislation was inspired by Jake's Place, an inclusive playground in Cherry Hill named for Jacob Cummings-Nasto, who was born with a rare cardiac condition and died at the age of two.

The new law requires the Department of Community Affairs, along with the Department of Education, to create rules for the playgrounds, including their design, installation, and maintenance.

The funding would come from an account with money aside for open space preservation.

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