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4 Inclusive Playgrounds

Accessible playgrounds in the Denver metro area.

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Carmody Park

The new playground at Carmody Park in Lakewood—which opened in June—was designed to be universally accessible. With equipment inspired by nearby Carmody Pond, the play area has special features for all ages and abilities, including a slide built into a hill that is easily accessible by wheelchair. The playground also includes music and sand areas for sensory play. There is wheelchair accessible fitness equipment in the adjacent Fitness Zone, too. 2200 S. Kipling St., Lakewood

Westminster Sensory Park

The area’s first accessible playground, Westminster’s Sensory Park has served families of all abilities for the past 17 years. The park features 100 percent accessible playground equipment including adaptive swings. There is also a sand pit and instruments for kids to play, as well as a water area. The wavy sidewalk serves as a space for kids to work on motor skills and perception. Note that there are no bathrooms at the park, so plan accordingly. 10376 Wadsworth Blvd., Westminster

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E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park

This popular Northglenn park is home to a sensory playground for children, parents, and grandparents of all ages and abilities. The playground has different features to touch and musical instruments to play, in addition to a water area. The play area is set up in different levels featuring play equipment that is easily accessible for everyone to explore, even by wheelchair. Some of the signs and play features are in Braille as well. 11701 Community Center Dr., Northglenn

STAR Institute Playground

The STAR Institute works with children and adults with sensory processing disorder (SPD) and has a sensory-friendly playground and garden, which are open to the public on Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. The playground—meant to be used by both kids and adults alike—features different sounds and textures, and has unique rides like a seesaw with balls that jingle, double-slides so buddies can go together, and colorful gears kids can turn. 5420 S. Quebec St., Greenwood Village

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