For most kids, playgrounds are an exciting place to run, jump, and climb. But what about children, and adults, with disabilities? Monkey bars, climbing structures, tall slides, and other typical playgrounds structures aren’t accessible to all. In December 2016, the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor gave Ann Arbor City Council $450,000 to use toward building a $1.1 million universal-access playground (UAP) at Gallup Park. Last month, the UAP opened,
providing a safe and inclusive place for every child.
The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (CIL) provided input for the design, which includes a water/sand play area, a sensory garden, adaptive swings and unitary surfacing, which allows an easy transition from the sidewalk to play areas. Trees provide shade for children and families who want to get out of the heat and direct sunshine. The park has been carefully designed to exceed the minimum accessibility standards under the Americans with
Gallup Park | 3000 Fuller Rd.