Accessible Playgrounds
Let your kids play to their hearts' content at these accessible, barrier-free playgrounds for kids of all abilities in Dallas-Fort Worth. Use the map to find a playground near you, or scroll down for reviews of all the playgrounds.

Plans for another accessible playground are brewing in Fort Worth. Organizers hope for the nature-themed playground to span more than 15,000 square feet and include features such as sensory play boards and doublewide ramps. Check online for updates as the project takes root: dreamparkfw.org

Do you know of another playground with inclusive, barrier-free equipment? Let us know at editorial@dfwchild.com.

*All safety reviews are based on the National Program for Playground Safety’s Report Card at playgroundsafety.org.
1. Alison Hardin Playground at Jo Kelly School
201 N Bailey Ave.
Fort Worth, TX

This barrier-free playground was designed for the medically fragile students at Jo Kelly School but is open to all. There are a lot of cool features designed for kids with special needs, but one of the most interesting is the wheelchair swing, which allows a child to rock back and forth without having to be removed from his or her chair.

Extras: Cool off under the shade at the adjoining Eli Bradford Garden of Angels.

Safety: Alison Hardin Playground scored an A* on the Safety Report Card. Getting to the playground from the parking lot may be difficult in a wheelchair — you’ll have to go inside the school to get access to the paved trail. Otherwise you’ll have to navigate the hill upon which the playground sits.
 
Pluses & minuses
+ Highly specialized equipment for kids with special needs

- Hard to get to playground
- No area for children ages 2–5
 
Our grade: 3/5 stars

2. Allan Shivers Park at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
2222 Welborn St.
Dallas, TX

This playground is located at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, across from the hospital's main entrance. Whether your kids are crawling, walking or have limited mobility, this playground will keep them entertained. The rubber-padded, wheelchair-accessible park has many interactive structures to explore, including music and dancing games, miniature rock climbing walls and a playhouse.
 
Extras: Shade cover over play structures and benched areas ensures this park will stay fun even in Texas' summer heat. The perimeter gate keeps curious kids inside the park. Benches and picnic tables scattered around the playground allow adults and tired kids plenty of places to sit.
 
Safety: Allan Shivers Park scored an A* on the Safety Report Card. The newly renovated playground offers well-maintained structures for all abilities.
 
Plus
+ Lots of shade
+ Restrooms and water fountains
+ Perimeter gate
 
Minus
- Occasionally closed for private events
- Often crowded
 
Overall grade: 5/5 stars

3. Casey’s Clubhouse at Dove Park
1509 Hood Lane
Grapevine, TX

Casey’s Clubhouse opened in 1998 in honor of Casey Tridico, the Texas Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association who died that year at age 7. There’s a lot to do at the recently renovated playground: There are dolphins to be misted by, a pirate ship to commandeer and a paddleboat to rock – all wheelchair accessible and all crafted in a bright, sculptural style the kids will love. For extra thrills, check out the zip line – accessible by ramp – that soars about three feet off the ground.

Extras: The playground is next to Dove Waterpark, open 8am–8pm May through September.

Safety: Casey’s Clubhouse scored an A* on the Safety Report Card.
 
Pluses & minuses
+ Children can be easily viewed on equipment

- Crowded at peak hours
- Some equipment taller than eight feet
 
Our grade: 5/5 stars

4. Cottonwood Creek Park
4051 N. Story Road
Irving, TX

The colorful tree house theme is charming and the landscaping is very easy on the eyes. There are lots of swings, including two adaptive swings. If your child uses a wheelchair but still likes to dig, check out the yellow digging tool that can be operated from his seat.

Extras: Catch a game of baseball — YMCA Irving’s Miracle League field is right next to the playground.

Safety: Cottonwood Creek Park scored an A* on the Safety Report Card.
 
Pluses & minuses
+ Restrooms are nearby
+ Plenty of benches

- No rules posted regarding behavior
 
Our grade: 4/5 stars

5. Fantasy Landing at Kiest Park
3080 S. Hampton Rd.
Dallas, TX

Fantasy Landing has three structures on site — one completely shaded by an awning — and all are wheelchair accessible.

Extras: There are plenty of benches from which to keep an eye on your child and a small covered pavilion nearby.

Safety: Fantasy Landing at Kiest Park scored an A* on the Safety Report Card. The playground has great visibility for parents, and the slides have vents so that you can see your kiddo at all times. Toward the back of the playground, however, the equipment seems more worn and has been defaced.
 
Pluses & minuses
+ Separate areas for ages 2–5 and 5–12
 
- No signage indicating age group for equipment
 
Our grade: 2/5 stars

6. Hope Park
8000 McKinney Rd.
Frisco, TX

Construction of Hope Park was a community effort led by Frisco mom Jenni Jensen, whose youngest daughter has Down syndrome and was in a wheelchair for months after breaking her leg. The playground, which opened just last year, features accessible swings, a cochlear implant-friendly slide and a spongy floor surface suitable for wheelchairs.

Extras: Frisco Commons Park also has a traditional wooden playground, spray park, picnic tables and paved walking trails.

Safety: Hope Park scored an A* on the Safety Report Card. There is a separate playground for tiny tots ages 2–5 and one for the bigger kids ages 5–12.
 
Pluses & minuses
+ Covered picnic tables
+ Adjacent to Friendship Park
+ Plenty of parking

- Restrooms are not very close by
 
Our grade: 4/5 stars

7. Katherine Rose Memorial Park
303 N Walnut Creek Dr.
Mansfield, TX

The ground is level from the parking lot to the playground so no steep ramps or inclines to worry about. The play structure itself is wheelchair accessible and features plastic bongo drums to encourage arm movement and creativity. The playground also has one adaptive swing.

Extras: If you’re looking for another activity, check out the horseshoe pit and basketball courts nearby.

Safety: Katherine Rose Memorial Park scored an A* on the Safety Report Card, but the equipment is only designed for kids 5 and older.
 
Pluses & minuses
+ Shady
+ Ample parking
+ Restroom close by

- Playground designed for ages 5–12 only
 
Our grade: 2/5 stars
 

8. KidMania at Celebration Park
701 Angel Parkway
Allen, TX

KidMania is a rainbow-colored, community-built playground that is wheelchair accessible and features adaptive swings. Ramps crisscross the sprawling play structures, and kids can find educational panels to practice spelling and counting.

Extras: The adjoining spray ground is also easily accessible for those who use wheelchairs — and so refreshing after zooming around the expansive playground.

Safety: KidMania scored an A* on the Safety Report Card, but young children will need extra-careful supervision since the equipment is marked for all ages.
 
Pluses & minuses
+ Ample parking

- No separate areas for children ages 2–5 and 5–12
 
Our grade: 4/5 stars

9. Mary Heads Carter Park
2320 Heads Lane
Carrollton, TX

Mary Heads Carter Park was home to the wooden Kids Corral playground, but this spring the old structure was replaced by plastic, state-of-the-art equipment. The sprawling new playground has a soft surface, which resembles grass and is easy to tread (or wheel) on. Most of the structures are wheelchair accessible by extensive ramps, and slides abound. If spinning is more your speed, try out the green molded merry-go-round near the swings.

Extras: The large covered pavilion nearby is the perfect place to beat the heat.

Safety: Mary Heads Carter Park scored an A* on the Safety Report Card.
 
Pluses & minuses
+ Ample parking
+ Restrooms nearby

- Some equipment is taller than eight feet
 
Our grade: 4/5 stars

10. Russell Eagleton Playground for All
1000 Stribling Drive
Azle, TX

This playground is named after Eagleton Construction owner Russell Eagleton of Azle, who suffered a spinal cord injury while installing a playground. He now uses a wheelchair and in his honor, more than 100 volunteers installed the inclusive playground in one weekend. The playground features adaptive swings and wheelchair access to the larger of the two play structures.

Extras: Head further into the park to spend some time on the shore of Eagle Mountain Lake or bring the fishing poles and cast off from the pier by the boat ramp.

Safety: Russell Eagleton Playground for All scored an A* on the Safety Report Card. There are two separate playgrounds: one for ages 2–5 — which does not have wheelchair access — and one for the bigger kids ages 5–12.
 
Pluses & minuses
+ Nestled in a quiet neighborhood

- Ants and grasshoppers are plentiful
- No nearby bathrooms
 
Our grade: 3/5 stars

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