There are several new opportunities for play around the Glass City, including playgrounds that are accessible for all children! We put together a list of some of our favorites. Did we miss any? Leave us suggestions in the comments! We are always happy to add more resources to the list.
Perrysburg Inclusive Playground
by Mercy Health
Rotary Community Park
26350 Fort Meigs Rd., Perrysburg
The Perrysburg Inclusive playground includes safety and accessibility features such as rubber pavement that is red in areas near swings and ziplines for children who are visually impaired, as well as ramps that lead to playground structures instead of stairs! Special designs have made their slides and swings accessible for those with hearing impairments and low muscle tone. Learn more on the Wood County Plays Facebook page.
Carter Park Playground
401 Campbell Hill Rd., Bowling Green
Wood County Plays is also responsible for the newest inclusive playground in the Toledo area. Located in Bowling Green, the Carter Park Playground’s construction began in late May, 2022. Though the park is not open as of the publication of this article, kids in BG will certainly appreciate everything it has to offer, from a wheelchair-accessible log and swing to a seven-foot-high climbing course. To see the updates on Carter Park Playground’s contsruction, visit the Wood County Plays Facebook page.
Flagship Collaborative Play Place
1100 E Perry St., Port Clinton
Flagship Collaborative Play Place is entirely wheelchair accessible from top to bottom! It features a beach, lakefront design and play structures including boats, a boardwalk, and marine animals. The tallest structure in the middle of the playground is a lighthouse reminiscent of the Port Clinton historical lighthouse.
Secor Barrier Free Playground
100001 Central Ave., Berkey
Secor Parks Barrier Free playground features a Rock-n-Raft for seated play and slide transfer for easy access to slides. Wide ramps and low handrails make the park wheelchair accessible, and they offer rings, hand cyclers and a sensory wave climber to work on upper body strength. The entire playground is soft-surfaced for accessibility everywhere!
Doneghy Inclusive Garden
Toledo Botanical Garden
5403 Elmer Dr. Toledo
The inclusive garden at Toledo Botanical Gardens is not only accessible for those with limited mobility, but also provides sensory components in the form of textured structures and walkways, and enclosed gazebos. All the pathways and surfaces are concrete and ADA compliant. Pathway edges are textured and multi-colored for visitors with vision impairments, and turf is included in between paths to provide a soft surface. Wheelchair spaces are placed between benches so wheelchair users can sit next to their friends and family as opposed to in front of or behind them.
Accomodations from the Toledo Metroparks
The Toledo Metroparks offer accessibility services for their programming and events. Accommodation requests can be made for necessary services 72 hours prior to any event. For more information or questions, contact Ashley Smith at 419.265.2920 or Ashley.Smith@MetroparksToledo.com. If guests feel that park services are not accessible or would like assistance with utilizing the metroparks, they can contact the metroparks at 419-407-9700 or an email request can be submitted here. Face-to-face meetings with park staff are available upon request.
Glass City Riverwalk
983 Front St.
The upcoming Glass City Riverwalk will feature accessible elements for all visitors to enjoy! The adventure boardwalk will be wide enough for wheelchairs and will provide seating areas along the way. Discovery play and a rock climbing feature will be available on the Riverwalk for sensory support and educational play. More than five miles of asphalt trail will be offered for mixed-use. The Glass City Riverwalk is coming soon!
The ACT Disability-Friendly Toolkit
5604 Monroe St., Sylvania
The Ability Center of Greater Toledo has provided a list of accessible resources for families in need. These include education, housing, employment, healthcare, recreation and more. The toolkit provides vital information for children and families with disability and provides support for those struggling.