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Seal of Approval: Playground Edition

image of children playing in a park to promote playground seal of approval
Easterseals MORC is excited to present the Seal of Approval: Playground edition! While this is not a comprehensive of accessible parks, we wanted to share some of our favorites!

Hess-Hathaway Park
825 S. Williams Lake Rd. Waterford Twp., MI 48327
The All-Kids Playground was added to Hess-Hathaway Park in 2002 and is accessible for all abilities. The play area is fenced in with a level rubber-like ground. The park is also very close to a nearby petting farm that has turkeys, horses, cows, and rabbits. The park is free to explore, bathrooms are available and open 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, seven days a week. For more information, click HERE.

River Bends Park
5700 22 Mile Rd. Shelby Township, MI 48316
Open from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM daily, River Bends Park is a barrier-free playground with all kids in mind. The rubberized surface allows for better accessibility to wheelchairs and walkers while providing a safe area for all ages to play. To learn more, click HERE
Gallup Park - Rotary Centennial Universal Access Playground
300 Fuller Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Gallup Park is a 69-acre park home to the Rotary Centennial Universal Access Playground. In the play area, different regions allow individuals of all abilities to explore and play in. It has adaptive swings, a water/sand area, sensory garden, even surfaces, ramps, mobility devices, inclusive play features and some signage in braille. There is also a large parking lot that includes accessible parking and a bus turnaround, fencing, bathrooms, shade, and seating. To learn more about the park, click HERE.

Rotary Park
32184 6 Mile Rd. Livonia, MI 48152
Open daily from dawn to dusk, Rotary Park in Livonia is home to the city's first universally accessible playscape with a soft safety padding ground. In addition to the playscape, Rotary Park sits next to a paved walking trail and has pavilions, baseball diamonds, and tennis courts available to reserve, HERE. To learn more about Rotary Park, click HERE.

Frog Hollow Park
2050 Metro Ct. Wyoming, MI 49519
Frog Hollow Park's universally accessible park focuses on play and was designed to allow all children (those with and without disabilities) to play and explore together. Much of the large play area with accessible playground equipment has a ground that is rubberized, making sure each child can safely play. The park can be enjoyed for no cost daily from dawn to dusk and also includes a pavilion/shelter that accommodates roughly 40 people (first-come, first-serve), restrooms (10 am - 8 pm), and parking. The park is also accessible via city bus. To learn more about Frog Hollow Park, click HERE.

Smallenburg Park
325 Fairbanks Ave. Holland, MI 49423
Smallenburg Park in Holland is a family-oriented park that has a boundless playground - ADA compliant and accessible. The park is open from 6 am - 11 pm daily and restrooms are available from spring to early fall. There is a large group shelter, open green grass space, pedestrian walkway, and picnic tables. Smallenburg Park is nearby to a Public Swimming Pool (Bowus Pool) and a concrete plaza style skate park. To learn more, click HERE or take a quick tour of the park HERE.

Clancy Park
712 W. Orchard Dr. Traverse City, MI 49686
Clancy Park is a large neighborhood park (roughly 3 acres) that has a paved walking path, and an ADA accessible playground. Open daily from dawn to dusk the park also has a pavilion and picnic tables, and a large basketball court. Dogs are welcome in the park as well, but they must be leashed at all times. To learn more about Clancy Park, click HERE.

Upjohn Park
1000 Walter St. Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Open daily from 8 am to sunset, Upjohn Park is an 18-acre park that has a boundless playground for children of all ages to explore. There are also bathrooms, shade areas, picnic tables, grills, and a picnic shelter available to rent. The park also has a 50-meter outdoor swimming pool (Kik Pool), outdoor fitness equipment, basketball and tennis courts. To learn more about Upjohn park, click HERE.

Rainbow's End at Krossroads Park
5650 Bay Rd. Saginaw, MI 48604
Located 1/2 mile north of Tittabawassee Rd. on Fashion Square Blvd., Rainbow's End at Krossroads Park is home to the largest accessible playground in Michigan. Rainbow's End is open from dawn to dusk daily and is also the first accessible playground in the Tri-County area. Visitors will find a picnic pavilion, restroom, and access to the Kochville Pathway (a seven mile recreational pathway connecting many areas of the township). To learn more about Rainbow's End, click HERE.

McKinley Park
31470 Grove, Fraser, MI 48026
McKinley Barrier-Free Park provides rubber surfacing and turf with firm foundations for “wheel-friendly” recreation and offers accessible outdoor recreation for children and adults of all abilities, with a particular focus on the needs of those with special challenges. There park is also home to a sensory garden that gives an opportunity for individuals to connect with nature in a variety of ways, introducing and highlighting unique smells, sounds, and sights to facilitate the experience of individuals with sensory challenges. McKinley Barrier-Free Park, open from dawn to dusk daily, features a “Walk and Roll” path, pavilion, comfort station, toddler sand lot, benches, play structures, and a parking lot – all accessible by people with special challenges. To learn more about McKinley Park, click HERE.

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