Adaptive playgrounds for kids with medical complexities
Children discover the world through play, so adaptive playgrounds are the perfect place to spend summer days and evenings. Plus, it’s just good, affordable fun.
PHS found a few adaptive playgrounds in the Twin Cities and Minnesota, yet we’d like to hear about others. Do you have a favorite local park or neighborhood playground? What features does your child enjoy? Which adaptive playgrounds do you recommend?
All public playgrounds are required by law to have at least some activities for people with disabilities. This may be a wheelchair-accessible ramp to reach the play area or harnesses or wheelchair decks on special swings. Some parks have modified digging and rocking toys, non-plastic slides (plastic can affect hearing aids due to static electricity), hand railings, and different colors on multilevel sets to help children with vision issues avoid falls.
However, it’s difficult to find the exact adaptive features at individual playgrounds until you visit the area, so we’d love to have you share your experiences.
Adaptive playgrounds we found
Meanwhile, here are the adaptive playgrounds we found, alphabetically by location:
- Brooklyn Park’s River Park
- Lindstrom’s parks with handicap transfer stations
- Red Wing’s Universal Playground in Colvill Park
- Rochester’s Silver Lake Community Playground
- St. Cloud’s Kaleidoscope Playground in Wilson Park
- Woodbury’s Ojibway Park
- Cottage Grove’s Woodridge Park
Coming soon! Two new adaptive playgrounds in the works
Keep an eye out for Madison’s Place, a completely handicapped-accessible playground in Woodbury.Originally published: June 17, 2011