Monday, October 10, 2016

Kayla's Playground Celebrates One Year

I can't believe it took me an entire year to get to Franklin to check out Kayla's Playground, the all abilities play area.  I had read reviews on Google about how great it was, and for a kid, I have to say, this is awesome.  With just one way in/out, parents can also relax while kids play.
The entrance to two separate age appropriate play areas

The volunteers who built this playground have good reason to celebrate, and they came together in a public party on Sunday. Attendees could decorate cookies, enjoy a free soda or water, get a face painting, or even take a photo clad in fun costumes.  The sun was out and it was a great day.  We brought books to exchange in the little free library, which was full of some great kid selections.
Frosting cookies at the festivities

Loaded with kids books to swap
The playground deserves a little more attention, so I'll include a few additional photos just so you can appreciate what can be done here.  Maybe you'd like to have a kid/adult swing where you face each other?  How about a short climbing wall?  Or battle your kid on a session across some rings. They come in two heights so kids and adults can play together, which seems to be the bonus here. It was built with special needs in mind, however everyone benefits when they can play together.  There are ramps, special chairholding swings, and even a place on the carousel for a wheelchair. It's a unique space in the region.
Face to face swings for toddlers and caregivers

A climbing wall

Lots of climbing structures to chase friends or wheel them around on the ramps
There's a wooded nature trail and dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash.  All the trails are easily done pushing a stroller or wheelchair- some are paved and others are crushed limestone.  In fall, I'd say this should be on everyone's hiking list.  Beautiful spot. Not too long. Parking is right next to the restrooms and playground. Definitely one of the best playgrounds in the Milwaukee area.  Go check it out with some kids.
Nature trails are very colorful in fall
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