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15,000 square feet of Fun!

This 15,000 square foot inclusive playground will set a new standard for accessibility and innovation for the way communities think about and plan for playgrounds and inclusive play. Kids deserve a place to play, to be outdoors, to hang out with their brothers and sisters and to make new friends. And parents want the chance to play with, and to supervise their kids in a traditional playground setting, even if they have limited mobility.

Madison's Place is a playground for every family. As a community build effort, situated in a public park, we can ensure that every family will be able to enjoy the playground.

Madison’s Place will be a play destination for families to enjoy what many of us take for granted – a day at the park.

Every playground claims to be handicap accessible. But any parent of a disabled child, or a disabled parent will tell you that accessible and inclusive can be entirely different. Madison’s Place will be the first fully inclusive playground built in the Twin Cities.

About Madison’s Place

The Madison Claire Foundation is partnering with community leaders to build Madison's Place, the East Metro’s first “inclusive playground” - a completely handicapped accessible playground where children with and without disabilities can play together side by side, fostering friendships, understanding and acceptance.

The City of Woodbury has committed the land for the playground, and once installation of Madison's Place is complete, the City of Woodbury has agreed to fully maintain the playground. The Rehabilitation Services team at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital is providing their expertise in designing and developing elements of the playground that allow access through every individual’s everyday means of mobility.

Unique features of Madison’s Place:

  • play structures that will include ramps so every child and their parents will be able to reach the highest play deck
  • Pebble Flex rubberized flooring which will provide an accessible foundation for the playground - swings, accessible swings and ground level play components that can be accessed by all children and parents
  • activity panels and music drum surround to provide cognitive and sensory development
  • a metal slide for persons with cochlear implants or hearing aids which prevents feedback and static created in traditional plastic slides to accommodate hearing impaired children and caretakers.

About the Madison Claire Foundation

Madison Claire Foundation was created in the memory of Madison Claire Millington. Madison was born on May 16, 2002 and passed away in her mommy's arms on August 17, 2004 due to complications from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

We continue to honor Madison with her foundation, dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and families living with physical and developmental disabilities by giving them the opportunity to play alongside all others through the building of universal accessible playgrounds.

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