This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Does your family get super excited when you hear your city is building a new park? A few years ago, my city got its first “inclusive playground” and I immediately went online to figure out what that meant.

What’s an Inclusive Playground?

Inclusive playgrounds are set up so that kids of all abilities are able to fully explore and enjoy the park.

Photo of the swings at an inclusive playground in Washington State. #inclusiveplayground #seattle #rentonwa
These swings are heavy duty and are great for older kids. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

You’ll find merry-go-rounds that are wheel-chair accessible and provide resistance when spinning.

And you’ll also see swings that feature a chest bar to keep kids safely in swings.

Plus, the whole playground is set on a thick rubber mat to minimize injuries.

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I love how much energy the boys burn when playing at Meadow Crest! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

But, it’s so much more than just accessibility. Inclusive play is also about providing play items for an array of ages.

That means parents can bring babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and older kids to the same park and they will all find things to do there.

LANDSCAPE STRUCTURES

Through my research, one name kept popping up: Landscape Structures.

They are a leader in inclusive playgrounds, which help children develop physical, cognitive, sensory and social skills.

It’s through this inclusive play that Landscape Structures believe kids learn life lessons like leadership, persistence, support and empathy.

Find a Landscape Structures park near you!

Where is Meadow Crest Playground?

Meadow Crest is located in Renton Highlands at 3000 NE 16th Street Renton, WA 98056.

I’ve been taking my kids to Meadow Crest since my oldest was crawling. It was the closest park to us where he could crawl around outside and not get too dirty.

We’ve been doing play dates here with our PEPS group for almost 4 years.

Photo of toddlers playing at Meadow Crest Park, an inclusive playground near Seattle, WA #meadowcrest #inclusiveplayground #parks
My oldest son and his friend playing at Meadow Crest as toddlers. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The entire park is fenced in, so we don’t worry about our kids running off. And it’s pretty to keep an eye on multiple kids.

What’s cool about Meadow Crest is that it’s also the home to an inclusive preschool program for kids of all abilities (Meadow Crest Early Learning Center.)

That’s because it was developed along with the Renton School District.

Photo of the musical instrument area at an inclusive playground in Renton, WA #inclusiveplayground #sensory #musicforkids
My husband always takes the kids to play with the musical instrument areas.

So when we play there, we often see kids who are different than our kids. My oldest is quite social and usually initiates some sort of game to play with the kids he meets at Meadow Crest.

As a parent, I like that because I want my kids to learn how to include all kinds of people in their play.

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Inclusive playgrounds like Meadow Crest support social equity and inclusion, which is so important as we raise this next generation.

So, What Sets Meadow Crest Apart?

Meadow Crest is one of those parks where my kids ask me over and over again if we can play there.

That’s because this park is set up with 4 distinct areas:

TODDLER + PRESCHOOLER AREA

Photo of Meadow Crest Park, an inclusive playground near Seattle #inclusiveplayground #playground #washington #seattle
Parents will appreciate the rubber mats for crawling babies. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

This area is geared for children ages 2-5. It focuses on early development to help develop balance, coordination, imagination, and social and musical skills.

Photo of boys on a see saw at Meadow Crest Park in Renton, WA #seesaw #teetertotter #playground
The boys were so excited when they were tall enough to do this see saw without help! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Both my kids spend a lot of time here! There a huge caterpillar climbing structure that is perfect for preschoolers and a good challenge for toddlers.

OLDER KIDS

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So many things to climb on at Meadow Crest Park in Renton, WA. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

This area is for kids ages 5-12. They can play on swings and climbing equipment, including an oval dish swing, large enough for several people to swing together.

My toddler loves swinging with his brother in the oval dish swing!

Photo of kids playing with a spinning ring at Meadow Crest inclusive playground near Seattle, WA #inclusiveplayground #playground #preschoolers
It’s always fun to see how kids play with this spinning ring! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

This section is for kids of all ages. It features a climbing wall and two slides, a sliding glider large enough for a wheelchair or two, and a large spinning ring for balance, with a diameter capable of including 8-10 people.

NATURE AREA

Finally, there’s the Nature Area. It’s back near the school and features a climbable bear cub, a little pathway, and a rainbow walkway.

Photo of the nature area at Meadow Crest Park in Renton, WA #inclusiveplayground #sensory #washingtonstate #pnw
This quiet area is perfect for imaginative play! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The kids always end their play dates here in hopes that the Moms will keep talking and they can keep playing!

MEADOW CREST PARK HOURS

One thing to keep in mind is that since Meadow Crest playground is located at a school, it’s not open to the public during school hours.

During the school year, families can visit anytime after 4:30pm Monday-Thursday or all day Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

And it’s open every day during the summer.

October is Sensory Awareness Month

About 5 years ago, someone told me that their son had “sensory issues.” It was the first time I had ever heard about this.

Her son didn’t like loud noises, was particular about what he wore, couldn’t handle messy things like Play-Doh or fingerpaint, and the list went on and on.

Now that I’m a parent, I’ve been hearing more and more parents talk about their child’s sensory sensitivities.

In fact, there are kids in my son’s preschool who wear headphones to stay calm at school. And we have friends whose kids go to special preschools that specialize in helping kids figure out how to manage their sensory issues.

That’s why I’m glad that October is Sensory Awareness Month!

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Let’s keep this in mind as we plan play dates and adventures with new friends!

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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

26 Comments

  1. I didn’t know about this playground before but it looks great. It makes me want to shrink into the size of a kid and play. Thanks for sharing!

  2. this looks like such a great playground! i wish i had ones like this in my area! i’m going to take a look and see what I can find. your kids look like they had a blast!

  3. What a fun-filled place! Makes you want to run out and play. Also I learned what an inclusive playground is. Just saw a sign for one at another playground and wondered what the exact meaning was. Now I know. Thank you!

  4. I have never heard of Meadow Crest. I have small nieces in Seattle. I will be sure to take them there when I visit them next.

  5. ive never actually heard of the term inclusive playground before. I love how developed it is as compared to what they were back in the days

  6. We love these playgrounds!! Thankfully we have quite a few in our area, they are starting to renovate a lot to be like these. Such a great idea!

  7. Grateful too kids enjoying their childhood. Playground still a perfect place for kids even if we are living in technical and digital world. Spend time with your kiddos outside always. You kids are cuties…:)

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