Most Twin Cities playgrounds are filled with rocks, sand and wood chips – absent any ramps – that make them impossible for a child in a wheelchair or with other mobility and cognitive issues to access and enjoy. But what if there were a playground where children with and without disabilities could play together side by side? Now there is.
The 16,000 sq. ft. playground was designed and developed by the Madison Claire Foundation in partnership with business and community leaders such as Summit Orthopedics, which donated more than $80,000 to build the project. Madison’s Place will serve as a regional gathering place for children of all ages and abilities to foster friendships and learn acceptance – while experiencing the excitement of climbing on a playground that otherwise might not have been possible.
In addition to rubber surfacing and wheelchair ramp access, the new playground equipment is geared for children with a range of special needs:
- Cozy Dome and Oodle swings perfect with children with autism
- Sensory wall with music and custom-designed sensory tunnel
- Double biplanes for kids that have issues with mobility or need core body support
- Roller slide that doubles as a physical therapy tool
- SwayFan boat designed for wheelchairs
Learn more about Madison’s Place on their website.