Courtesy WRAL’s Go Ask Mom
There’s a lot of excitement around the new playground that opened last November at Laurel Hills Park in north Raleigh.
The playground stretches out across 3.5 acres, making it the biggest in the city of Raleigh. The $2.3 million project was paid for with park bonds and donations and built, primarily, with help from city staffers, instead of a general contractor, and community volunteers. Inspired by a local mom, who has worked since 2009 to make this playground a reality, Sassafras is designed to be a place where kids of all abilities can play together.
The rubberized surface, for instance, makes it easy for kids in wheelchairs and walkers to move around. Special swings and a zip line are designed for kids who need more upper body support. A roller table allows kids, who can’t hang from monkey bars, to push themselves across instead. A shady understory of the massive, main play structure allows little ones to play music and hunt for raccoons.
Shawsheen Baker, senior park planner for Raleigh, took me on a tour of the playground prior to its opening. Watch the video above and take a look at the image gallery.