In 2013, the Cottage Grove City Council had a dream to build a ‘destination’, a park for everyone. A citizen task force was formed with the mission of designing a safe and inclusive community playground that will foster friendships, personal growth, learning, and fun for all abilities.
The overall cost of the project was over $800,000 with the City providing administrative support staff, skilled labors, and monetary dollars towards the project. Many people stepped up to make the playground a success and donors are recognized on-site. The remaining money came from the following:
The donation of supplies
In-kind work toward the project
The 23,000 square foot Inclusive Playground is located in Woodridge Park, 9000 90th Street S., in the heart of the community. The destination playground is a fun play space open to everyone.
Key components include:
100 percent accessible surfacing
82 pieces of equipment suited for a variety of ages and abilities
Large outdoor musical section
Many aspects of the play space are sensory
Nature-based playground design created around amenities already featured at Woodridge Park
Playground sections designed for younger child and toddlers
Several playground elements allow children of any physical ability to play
Unique landforms make the playground more accessible