Summer is here again! That means the kids are off of school and families are searching for some fun, outdoor activities that the entire family can enjoy. I’m always on the hunt for new adventures (that fit my budget), too. So today I wanted to share 4 all-inclusive parks that I have stumbled upon.
1. Hine Memorial Fund Playground
This is a playground located in Canfield, Ohio. Canfield is just under an hour drive, if you are leaving from LLA Therapy in Fairlawn. The playground was founded by The Walnut Grove. The goals for this playground was to develop a place where people of all abilities and ages can play, belong, and have fun TOGETHER! At this playground, you can find a large area for pretend play that is loaded with a barn, fire truck, and more. You can also cruise up ramps, take a ride on the Zip line, sway fun, and enjoy climbing on a rock wall. Admission is free! For more information, and to plan your trip, click here.
2. Preston’s H.O.P.E. Accessible Playground Park
Can you imagine 60,000 feet of fun in Beachwood? If so, then go visit the Preston’s H.O.P.E. Accessible Playground Park. This park is about a 30-minut drive, if you are leaving from LLA Therapy in Fairlawn. This park will take your child’s imaginary play to a whole new level! The park features a small village. But it gets better because the village is wheelchair accessible and you can actually go into the buildings. The park also offers swings, a teeter-totter, basketball courts, sand-pit, chess board tables, a place to learn the braille alphabet, and a ball wall. If you plan to make a visit, the park asks that you donate 1 dollar per child, per visit. This donation helps to maintain the park for the years to come. For more information, and to plan your trip, click here.
3. Miracle League Playground
This playground is located in Eastlake, which is about a 45-minute drive from LLA Therapy in Fairlawn. The playground features ramps, a zip line, musical items, adapted slides, teeter-totters and more. When you or your child needs some relaxation time, be sure to check out the igloo for a quiet retreat. The Lake Health Miracle Field, which is an accessible baseball field, is located adjacent to the playground. The baseball team is made up of special needs athletes age 5 and older. The games are free to watch and there are plenty of parking spaces available. For more information, and to plan your trip, click here.
4. Stow Outdoor Accessible Recreation (S.O.A.R.) Playground
This playground is located in Silver Springs Park, which is located in Stow, Ohio, and is a 30-minute drive from LLA Therapy in Fairlawn. The S.O.A.R. playground opened in 2008, and is recommended for ages 5-12 years old. The park features adapted swings, ramps, slides, small rock walls, musical bells, and more. The park is located next to the Summit Metro Parks’ hike and bike trailhead. This path is paved and flat, with the exception of hills as you are approaching the road. Therefore, you can take a stroll on the path and even non-motorized bikes. Admission is free. For more information, and to plan your trip, click here.
There you have it. These are my four, budget friendly, fun and outdoor accessible playgrounds that you can visit in Northeast, Ohio. To make the trip to the park more cost-effective, remember to pack a picnic! Bringing your own water and food, will ensure your family will stay hydrated and fueled up, so that you can all make lasting memories.
If you make a trip out to one (or more) of these playgrounds, tell LLA about your great adventure! We would love to hear from you!
-Brittany Stout, OTR/L