The All Children’s Playground at Laurel Hills was designed in the early 1990s to accommodate children of all abilities and did just that for over 20 years. As time passed, the idea of accessible playgrounds grew which led to the creation of new research and improvements in design. In 2010 we shared about this unique playground and plans to rebuild in its space. While the process took a little longer than expected, the new Sassafras All Children’s Playground officially opened at the beginning of November and was worth the wait.
For those that visited and played on the original wooden structures, the new design is quite different. It’s much more open and seems to stretch on forever. Start at the top to the right of the entrance sign, and you can literally walk or roll down a ramp that takes you through the entire main structure.
Spread about the area are smaller features – a spot for younger kids; a sandbox; swings; zip lines; a dome to hid in & climb over; and a grassy maze. There really is something for everyone and age to enjoy and explore.
I’ve taken my 2 and 7 year old children twice so far and, both times, I nearly had to drag them out when it was time to go as neither wanted to stop playing. I’m betting a lot of other children would agree based on the large crowds we’ve seen. Visit early in the day (on a weekday if possible) to avoid the crowds.
[The photos in this post were taken just before 9am on a weekday – within the next 30 minutes the playground was crowded so keep this in mind when planning a visit. A least until the newness dies down.]
- Accessible play equipment for ages 2-5 and 5-12
- 13 Swings: 4 traditional, 4 bucket, 4 accessible, 1 tire “like” (no hole in the center)
- “Zip Line” feature with 2 options including an accessible seat
- Rubber surface throughout
- Adjacent picnic shelters
Find restrooms in the park’s Community Center or in the small building just down the path by the ballfields.
Sassafras All Children’s Playground
Laurel Hills Park
http://sassafrasplay.org | https://www.raleighnc.gov/…/Parks/LaurelHills.html
3808 Edward Mills Road