I've been hearing people sing the praises of the all-accessible Kayla's Playground for many years, and I've been wanting to see what all the excitement is about. I set out yesterday with my three-year-old and one-year-old on a mini road trip to Franklin. We left our home in Glendale around 8:35, caught a little bit of traffic, and arrived by 9:05 or 9:10. The girls were starting to get crabby and whiny, and I thought I may have made a mistake.
That is, until we pulled up to our destination.
Kayla's Playground looks like a whimsical dream from the moment you catch sight of it, and it doesn't disappoint.
You'll pass through a colorful entrance sign to get into the playground. And, by the way, this is the only entrance / exit. NICE.
From the central path, you can turn right for a playground designed for ages 5-12, or left for a playground meant for younger children.
In the older children's playground, you'll find wide, fully-accessible ramps, a ground-level merry-go-round that wheelchairs can fit on, a special needs swings, two huge stainless steels slides (facing north to keep them cool), a rope climb, a wiggly balance beam, two-height monkey bars, a climbing wall and much more.
In the younger children's area, you'll find double swings (perfect for my two daughters!), fiber glass mini-slides, a kid's city hall, police station, and firehouse, a caterpillar tunnel, a registered Little Free Library and more.
Everywhere you turn there is something interesting and colorful to look at. I love these tile mosaics:
The play surface is cushioned, and the building materials are splinter-free.You'll also find plenty of shaded seating areas for supervising your kids or nursing.
Outside of the play area there are several picnic tables and three large, clean bathrooms equipped with changing tables.
I would like to emphatically praise the designers and supporters of this playground. What an amazing place for children of all abilities. (I'm honestly tearing up!)
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