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7 Inclusive Playgrounds in Denver

Accessible playgrounds in the Denver metro area.

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Carmody Park

This playground at Carmody Park in Lakewood was designed to be universally accessible. The play area has special features for all ages and abilities, including a slide built into a hill that is easily accessible by wheelchair. Music and sand areas are also available for sensory play. The adjacent Fitness Zone’s equipment is also wheelchair accessible. 2200 S. Kipling St., Lakewood

Carpenter Park

Inclusive elements such as chair swings, rubber surfacing, and ramps throughout the play structure make this park special. Extra points are added for the great summertime activities with the Sprayground, Carousel, and Paddle Boats on the lake. 3498 E 112th Ave., Thornton

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Clement Park

Complete with mountain and lake views, this park is packed with play things. Special accessibility features include a zero-step merry-go-round, adaptive swings, and ramps, plus musical instruments at waist/chair level. 7306 W Bowles Ave,, Littleton

E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park

This popular Northglenn park is home to a sensory playground, musical instruments, and 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

Red Tailed Hawk Park

The first of its kind in Aurora (and in the Denver metro area) this park features a zip line, wheelchair-accessible swing, spinner, musical elements, and sensory garden. Don’t miss the splash area that cools kids off throughout the summer. Bring along other sports equipment, from a bocce ball set to horseshoes, and enjoy specified areas for those. 23701 E Hinsdale Way, Aurora

Veterans Memorial Park

Folks of all ages and abilities will find something great to do here. The swing set has regular and inclusive chair swings, and the “we go round” allows wheelchairs to enter a rotating platform. There’s also a nature play area (think: boulders, hollow logs, and a sand pit). Take a mindfulness minute, or several, meandering through the labyrinth. 6015 Forest Dr., Commerce City

Westminster Sensory Park

The area’s first accessible playground, Westminster’s Sensory Park has served families of all abilities for the past 17 years. Ramps run throughout the equipment and kids can enjoy adaptive swings. There is also a sand pit and instruments, as well as a water area. A 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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