2426 N. Discovery Place
(in Mirabeau Point Park)
Spokane Valley, WA
This multi-sensory playground is an accessible place where people of all ages and abilities can play, learn and discover.
in the Discovery Playground are designed to provide accessible and
imaginative learn-and-play activities for a variety of ages and
abilities. Children must be supervised.
Located near the Spokane River just north of I-90 and east of Pines Road (near the YMCA)
provides a “universal playground” which includes slides, swings,
climbing structures, and a music area with drums and bells. The design
of the playground permits children of all abilities to approach the
equipment on ramps and recycled rubber surfaces that accommodate
wheelchairs, walkers or crutches. All equipment is accessible by ramp.The park encourages disabled children
to develop healthy lifestyles. Disabled children are not immune from
chronic disease and in fact, are at greater risk. Universal parks can
help improve the quality of life, as well as bestowing the full range of
benefits associated with physical activity. The layout of the
playground allows children with physical impairments to play alongside
of friends and siblings.Location:
South of I-90, next to Splash Down
on Mission Road, between Argonne and Pines Road.
- Children of all ages and learning levels, including those
with disabilities, enjoy the benefits of playing together. Regardless
of whether the children are in a wheelchair or have a disability such as
autism, all children have a fundamental need and right to play, which
is a vital part of human development.
- More playgrounds can be designed for children with disabilities,
providing all children with the experience of play that facilitates
camaraderie, acceptance and overall health and wellness. Play can even
help reduce stereotypes and biases that many adults and children have
about the disabled. A typically developing child who has never seen a
child with a disability will just start playing with them, because they
haven't been told that person is different or strange. They just find
another kid on the playground to play with and by doing so, they have
learned a really important lesson. They learn tolerance at a very early
age, and that every person has value.
- Playgrounds designed for children with disabilities are called inclusive playgrounds. They
address the needs of all children, including those who have autism,
intellectual disabilities, hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, spina
bifida and other challenges. Children are challenged at their own
developmental level. ("Inclusive Play Design Guide,"
Playworld Systems, incorporate music, light and sensory panels, as well
as physical activities for children of all levels and abilities.)
Raise awareness and advocate inclusive playgrounds
for the children in Spokane. Universally accessible playgrounds are
typically larger and more complex than traditional playgrounds, and they
are also more expensive. Most are funded by grants and fundraisers.
The Mission Park playground cost $80,000 and took 6 years to plan, raise
funds, and construct. The project was a joint effort of the Rotoract
Club of Spokane, City of Spokane Parks and Recreation, and Spokane
Health District. Contact Spokane Parks and Recreation at (509) 625-6216
for details about
building additional playgrounds for disabled children.