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.