Parks for Children with Special Needs- All Inclusive Playgrounds


My old PT professor told me about a special event going on this weekend, but since I can’t attend, thought I’d share info here about it.

This weekend, the non-profit, Shane’s Inspiration, is having a walk and roll 5k event in Los Angeles.

So what is Shane’s Inspiration?

The mission of Shane’s Inspiration is to create accessible playgrounds, inclusive playgrounds as well as community programs that unite children of all abilities. Building Common Ground®

From their about section:

In 1997, Catherine Curry-Williams and Scott Williams lost their son, Shane Alexander, to Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Type I: Werdnig-Hoffman Disease) only a few weeks after his birth. Had Shane lived, he would have spent his life in a wheelchair. Because of a physical disability, Shane would have been denied one of the most fundamental rights of childhood: the right to play independently with friends and family at neighborhood and school playgrounds. This realization encouraged the Williams and family friend Tiffany Harris to turn a tragedy into a vision that resulted in Shane’s Inspiration… a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with disabilities.

In 1998, Shane’s Inspiration gave a gift to thousands of Los Angeles children through the creation of an environment where all children can play together at the highest level of their ability. With the support of visionary community leaders, Shane’s Inspiration created the first Universally Accessible Playground in the Western United States and the largest in the nation: “Shane’s Inspiration.” Located in Griffith Park, “Shane’s Inspiration” provides two acres of fully accessible, sensory-rich and physically challenging equipment.

Not only are all-inclusive parks great for children of all abilities, they’re also great for toddlers who are walking already since they are safer than other playgrounds.  These playgrounds would be great ways for kiddos to practice stairs, balance, running, and boundary awareness.  

Here is a link to the list of parks they have made in California <– it’s a big list!

I decided to do a google search to find other parks for kiddos with special needs, and here is what I have found so far.  I will add to the list as I find more, but do feel free to add to the list!

Some example of Special Needs Park equipment:

Daniel's Den

Daniel’s Den

Daniel's Den

Daniel’s Den

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1 reply

  1. There is a wheelchair accessible tree house park in Torrance! I believe it was funded by the Annenberg Foundation.


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