‘Inclusive Playgrounds’ are Spreading Across Wisconsin

Credit: Milwaukee with Kids

By Christina Lorey

September 15, 2023

These playgrounds with purpose make fun accessible to all.

There’s only one path to enter to Kayla’s Playground in Milwaukee and it passes under this sign: “This play area is designed for ALL kids ages 5-12, and up!”

Credit: Milwaukee with Kids

Those aren’t just words. The playground is jam-packed with wide, fully-accessible ramps, a ground-level merry-go-round that wheelchairs can fit on, special needs swings, two stainless steel slides (that face north to keep them cool), two-height monkey bars,  a young children’s area, and more. There’s even a Little Free Library on-site!

Fully accessible playgrounds are having a moment across Wisconsin, where one in five people lives with a disability, either cognitive or physical. While fully-accessible playgrounds have a much bigger price tag ($400,000 versus the “traditional” $100,000), many cities are choosing to make the investment. Madison has been adding one all-inclusive playground every year since 2019.

 

List: Must-Visit Inclusive Playgrounds in Wisconsin

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  • Christina Lorey

    Christina is an Edward R. Murrow-winning journalist and former producer, reporter, and anchor for TV stations in Madison and Moline. When she’s not writing or asking questions, you can find her volunteering with Girls on the Run, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and various mental health organizations.

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