Two new inclusive playgrounds

The Twin Cities is home to an increasing number of playgrounds designed for kids of all abilities.

St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development is hosting a grand opening on July 20 to celebrate the completion of the multi-million dollar renovation and expansion project at its Minnetonka campus.

Among the features is a new inclusive playground with equipment designed for ages 3 to 10 and all stages of motor, cognitive and social development.

The fenced play area includes equipment that encourages collaborative play (side-by-side slides and extra-large musical instruments), plus features that provide multisensory experiences (such as a rumble- roller slide).

child on swing

Open to the public from 6–9 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.–9 p.m. on weekends, the playground also offers kids ample opportunities to frolic in nature, including a dry creek bed, a mud kitchen and an adjacent DNR- certified forest.

St. David’s new Pediatric Therapy Clinic also now includes five new therapy gyms, including a 1,500-square-foot Super Gym with 19-foot ceilings with suspended equipment for specialized therapy. Learn more about the grand opening at stdavidscenter.org.

Across town, another new inclusive playground opened on June 4: Madison’s Place in Woodbury was designed so that no disability could prevent a child from playing within its many features.

The 16,000-square-foot play space — south of the Bielenberg Sports Center field house near Radio Drive and Hargis Parkway — includes sensory-friendly and adaptive play equipment, ramps for wheelchair access, rubberized surfaces and accessible restrooms.

Named in honor of the founding local family’s late daughter, who died of spinal muscular atrophy at age 2, the playground cost more than $800,000 to build. It sits next to the city’s new accessible Bielenberg Splash Pad.

child on swing

Read about the Madison’s Place — and the family that made it happen over the course of six years — at twincities.com or see madisonclairefoundation.org.

Check out a list of inclusive Twin Cities playgrounds (and a local mom’s review of the Wabun inclusive play area) at Mpls-St. Paul magazine