St. Paul City Council Approves Unique Inclusive Playground

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Landscape Structures custom designed the playground that's 16,000 square feet with 25 different types of activities.

The St. Paul, Minnesota City Council just approved a multi-million dollar redevelopment project near Allianz Field.

The first part of it includes a playground that focuses on including everyone in playtime. It will be St. Paul's largest inclusive playground with more than 25 different types of activities.

Longtime manufacturer Landscape Structures is partnering with Flagship Recreation to create the playground meant for all abilities, according to inclusive play specialist Jill Moore who was born with a disability.

"When I was growing up, it was never going to be the place that was going to show people what I could do," said Moore. "The way it’s really changed is people realize we have to go beyond accessibility law and that bare minimum, and create things like this that everybody can use that seeks that just right fit."

Landscape Structures has been in business for 50 years and designed playgrounds at parks in Crystal, Woodbury, Roseville and Shoreview. The new one in St. Paul will be the city's first-of-its-kind and will be installed just east of the Minnesota United soccer field.

"We hear just a lot of people happy to be invited, to be valued enough to know that we need to create a space for them that they can use," said Moore.