Credit: Natasha Dillinger
Forest Park Playground, Everett
Playgrounds often touted as built for “all abilities” include one or two small elements for kids with disabilities. Forest Park, however, could practically serve as a catalog for the options available in inclusive play spaces. A wheelchair-accessible ramp leads to a Sway Fun glider (similar to a seesaw) and roller slide, perfect for a gradual descent to a soft turf play surface that cushions any falls.
For the swing fans in all of us, two bucket-seat swings sit alongside the more traditional types. A forest-themed space attaches to the ramp-accessible play structure. Past the two-story spinning global motion climber, there is a bug-themed play structure best suited to the 2–5 age range. A cozy dome that looks very much like a ladybug provides a fun hiding spot, as well as a possible shelter for kids on the autism spectrum who need a quiet place to regroup.
Find it: 205 Park Road, Everett
– Natasha Dillinger
Next stop: Mika’s Playground