Accessible features coming to Minneapolis

  • Updated: July 4, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Rendering of the playgound of the Wabun picnic area at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, scheduled to open this month. (Provided)

After nearly five years of fundraising, the playground in the Wabun picnic area at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis will open this month. The $1 million project has a campground-themed play structure with wheelchair-accessible ramps, a rubberized play surface, sensory activities, quiet play areas and a sand pit with sand tables accessible to children in walkers and wheelchairs.

Roller table: A roomy slide bed offers sensory stimulation.

Sway Fun: An accessible glider accommodates kids using wheelchairs, walkers and canes. Provides a gentle swaying motion.

OmniSpin: The high-backed spinner is easy to enter from a wheelchair. Provides sensory stimulation and encourages interactive play.

Swings: A variety of options to choose from, including one with a molded bucket seat and harness.

Ramps: Wide ramps give access to children of all abilities.

Double slides: Encourages interaction between able-bodied and disabled kids.

Ample seating: Gives kids a place to take a break. Allows caregivers to keep a close watch.

Shaded areas: They help block UV rays and keep the playground cooler.

Sensory play panels: Touch panels provide multiple ways to develop cognitive, tactile, sensory and motor skills, and encourage kids of different abilities to play together.

Poured-in-place surfacing: Accommodates wheelchairs and walkers. Also cushions falls.

Other features: Sand and water play tables accessible to kids in wheelchairs, sensory gardens, an interactive sound feature, calm play area with tents and tunnels.

Aimee Blanchette

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