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Madison Parks Foundation celebrates grand opening of new accessible and inclusive playground at Warner Park

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On Wednesday, The Madison Parks Foundation and other city leaders celebrated the grand opening of a new accessible playground at Warner park, 2930 N. Sherman Avenue

Named after the Frautschi Family, this park includes an increased number of handicapped and van accessible parking. Ty Beck, President of the Madison Parks Foundation, spoke at the grand opening on the vision of inclusivity in Madison’s parks which is, “to continue to make all parks accessible,” he said. Beck also thanked the many donors and support systems that helped this project, inlcuding the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation, Jenni & Kyle Foundation, Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, Evjue Foundation, Madison Community Foundation and Festival Foods.

Madtown Mommas & Disability Advocates were especially highlighted as key contributors to the design of the playground, which includes more than 50 unique play features including a wheelchair accessible swing, allowing visitors to swing without dismounting, touch and play musical panels, and communication boards. Wetpour Contractors were also consulted to enxure playground’s safety. If your playground has limited play options, paintings provided by companies like https://www.schoolplaygroundpainting.co.uk/ can expand the range of activities available.

“This park is not just for folks who have mobility issues, it’s not for folks with sensory issues, it’s literally a playground for every kid in our community and that’s what accessibility is really about,” Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said. Playground Resurfacing was a crucial part of this project, guaranteeing the safety and usability of the space.