14 Bay Area All-Abilities Playgrounds That Welcome Everyone
Let’s face it, the one-size-fits-all approach does not work for kids. Not for parenting and certainly not for play but we do know all kids need to play. We’ve gathered up a list of Bay area playgrounds where children with sensory needs and physical challenges can play along with their peers. These all-abilities playgrounds are definitely worth the drive, no matter where you live in the Bay Area!
All-Ability Playgrounds in San Francisco
Mountain Lake Park: This recently-renovated city park sits just south of the Presidio. The under three set can play in their own self-contained toddler area that only has one gate to enter and exit (essential for toddler containment). Big kids will enjoy using the stairs or the climbing wall to reach the top of the cement slide and then grabbing a buddy to slide down together. There's also a great rope climbing area with gorgeous views of nearby Mountain Lake. The cushy ground and ramps make it accessible for all.
All-Ability Playgrounds in the Peninsula & South Bay
Magical Bridge Playground Palo Alto: Touted as one of the nation's most inclusive playgrounds, the Magical Bridge opened its Palo Alto location in April 2015 to pleased children and parents alike. With five different "play zones" to choose from, kids can swing, sway, spin and slide to their heart's content. The music zone was provided to motivate interaction, facilitate socialization and improve social skills among children. Pretend play is encouraged throughout the playground but especially in the two-story playhouse that is fully accessible to all children via ramps and bridges. Read more about the park here.
Good to Know: New Magical Bridge all-abilities playgrounds are in the works for Santa Clara, Morgan Hill and Mountain View!
Magical Bridge Playground Sunnyvale: The newest Magical Bridges playgrounds is now open in Sunnyvale! Modeled after the other two Magical Bridges playgrounds, this site invites multi-generations and all-ages to gather at the playground. A sensory spin zone, Innovation Zone, wheelchair accessible swings and treehouse welcomes all abilities and all kinds of play. During the warmer weather months, water play will keep the kids cool while Hideaway Huts are perfect for anyone who needs a breather for a quick escape.
John D. Morgan All-Inclusive Playground: Located on the Budd Ave side of the park, this newly opened all-inclusive playground is designed so that the sensory and physical needs of all kids can be met. A splash pad, diecast car race track, spinners, auditory play features and small climbing wall will delight all ages so pack a picnic and make a day of it!