Highlights of Inclusive Playground Initiatives
The Seattle Children’s PlayGarden: http://www.childrensplaygarden.org
The Seattle Children’s PlayGarden is a public park that includes elegantly-housed chickens and bunnies, accessible climbing structures for children of all ages, giant topiary animals, and a kitchen garden planted with all sorts of yummy vegetables children love—peas, beets, corn, lettuce, potatoes—that are then cooked up, on the spot, in a child-friendly kitchen.
Shane’s Inspiration: http://www.shanesinspiration.org/playgrounds/
My Playground projects by Shane’s Inspiration are designed to be accessible and inclusive playgrounds that allow children with disability to play along with typically-abled children. These free, outdoor play environments are age-appropriate and include safe, state-of-the-art, sensory-rich structures that encourage development in children with developmental disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. The link above is for a list of My Playground projects by Shane’s Inspiration.
Magical Bridge Playground: http://magicalbridge.org/palo-alto/
This remarkable playground, located in Mitchell Park in Palo Alto, California, is heralded as the nation’s most innovative and inclusive playground. Designed to be a socially inclusive playground for children of varying physical and cognitive abilities, Magical Bridge Playground addresses the unique play needs of the many diverse children in the community. The first of its kind, Magical Bridge Playground clearly highlights how today’s typical park designs overlook so many: the growing population of those with autism, Deaf individuals and those with other hearing and visual impairments, individuals with mobility disability, and even the aging community.
Madison Place Playground: http://madisonclairefoundation.org/projects/madisons-place/
This 16,000-square-foot, all-inclusive playground offers sun shade-covered play decks, swings, sensory play equipment, and ramps for wheelchair access. Madison's Place serves as a regional gathering place for children of all ages and abilities to foster friendships and experience the excitement of being active on a playground and spending time outdoors.
Playground Directory: http://www.playgroundsforeveryone.com/
This playground directory will help you to find accessible playgrounds near you.