When the city of Wauwetosa announced the development of a custom-themed, inclusive playground, accessibility advocate Damian Buchman was skeptical. After years of visiting playgrounds with areas of accessibility that left much of the playscape off limits to people with disabilities, Damian was very pleased with a truly inclusive playground at Hart Park.
“I was thrilled to see it was clearly universally accessible all the way to the highest level,” said Buchman. “Most playgrounds are only accessible to certain points and then kids have to stop while their friends go on, but you can explore this playground from top to bottom.”
Making a playground that was fully inclusive that integrated the community’s geography and heritage was the result of working with accomplished landscape architect Ed Haydin. Haydin and GameTime created woodland play areas for preschool and school-aged children with custom play sculptures that drew from the area’s history, including a partially dug out canoe, log climbers, an eagle’s nest and more.
By working with a landscape architect who understood the past, and a community who has a vision for the future, GameTime created a playground that is an inclusive oasis for children and adults of all abilities.