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Top Spots in Minnesota: Shakopee Fun For All Playground Makes Play Accessible

This year, we set out to find the best businesses, organizations, and support groups for families with special needs across the state of Minnesota. By surveying the community, we got insights into the spots that make life a bit easier for these parents, children, and caregivers alike and named them PHS Top Spots. We’ve compiled a list of the winners at to serve as a resource for families, and are excited to periodically highlight the winners in various categories and share our adventures with you throughout the year.

When a business is named a Top Spot on our list, we know they’re doing something right for families with special needs in Minnesota. But when the winners of three categories all fall within one city, it’s hard to deny there are some great conversations and decisions happening to make their overall landscape as accessible as possible.

This is the case for the city of Shakopee, who recently won top downtown, accessible playground, and library in our survey. Today we’re going to explore the Fun For All Playground, a wheelchair-accessible playground that opened this year and offers opportunities for children of all ages and abilities. Hear from two parents as they discuss what makes this space so special for their families, and learn more about everything it has to offer.

If you’re looking for accessible playgrounds across the United States, National Public Radio has created a comprehensive database at

Originally published: September 22, 2017