Accessible barrier-free playground opens near Lansing’s Adado Riverfront Park

A new three-million dollar, accessible playground is now open near downtown Lansing.

On Friday, as children slid down slides, hopped on swings, and ran all around, officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Play Michigan.

The new playground is adjacent to the Adado Riverfront Park near Grand Avenue and Saginaw Street. It’s designed to be accessible for people with physical, sensory and developmental disabilities. The structure is barrier-free and includes ramps so all kids can access every level of the playground.

Laurie Baumer is President and CEO of the Capital Region Community Foundation, which helped fund the playground. She said planners spoke with parents and accessibility advocates throughout the design process.

“Some people were worried that it was on the riverfront, and we were listening,” Baumer said. “So we did include some changes to the park to make some barriers so that kids couldn’t race towards the river.”

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