Madison's Place Featured on MPR News

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Innovative Woodbury playground designed for kids of all abilities

Minnesota Public Radio News highlighted Madison's Place in Woodbury, Minn. This innovative, sensory-rich playground was designed for kids of all abilities. Madison's Place opened in early June 2016 and was created in honor of Madison Claire Millington, a baby girl who died from Spinal Muscular Atrophy in 2004. Her mother, Dana Millington created the Madison Claire Foundation, that raised funds for a playground to give children and families of all abilities the ability to play together. This is Woodbury's first accessible playground of this magnitude. Landscape Structures is proud to be apart of such an impactful project.

Read a selection of the article:
This summer, 11- year-old Ben Anco gets to do something he's never done before: He gets to go to the playground. No wood chips, steps or rocks to hold him back.

You see, Ben is in a wheelchair. And until now, that kept him from enjoying a typical childhood outside. So as soon as the largest fully accessible playground in the Twin Cities opened, he couldn't wait.

Now he gets to chase his younger brother, play tag, go up high and sneak down low. He gets to swing and sway. There is even a zip line he says makes him feel like he's "sticking his head out of a car window."

"He can experience what it's like to be one of the kids," said Ben's mom Page Laska. The Woodbury woman has two children with disabilities. Ben, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA and his little brother, 8-year-old Garrett, who has Asperger's.