‘Universally Inclusive’ Playground Opens in Mesa


A “Universally Inclusive Playground” is now open in Mesa.

Swing by to the Dobson Ranch Park to play in their new ‘universally inclusive’ playground. Marc Heirshberg, Director of Mesa Parks, says the playground invites all children the opportunity to play, regardless of their abilities. Heirshberg says the park lets kids have fun, and introduces the opportunity for parents or caregivers the chance to play alongside or with their child.

The City of Mesa says the playground is 10,000 square feet and includes:
• A multi-layer play experience with upper and lower play structures connected through ramps
• Toddler expression swings that allow parents to swing with younger children
• Sandbox table and musical instruments to encourage sensory play
• A 50-foot double zip line with supported seat and disc for side-by-side play
• Triumph Climber with transfer station for side-by-side climbing
• Cozy Cocoon and Saddle Spinner for children who need a quiet space
• Two shade structures covering the playground
• Mixed surfacing with rubber and wood fiber
• Updated restrooms to meet ADA requirements

The accessible playground was designed by Gavin Barker and constructed by Valley Rain. The playground cost $610,000 and was funded by the 2012 Parks Bond Project. The park is open sunrise to 10 p.m.

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