Many parks in the greater metro area provide accommodations for people with disabilities, but these incorporate colorful, sensory-rich features for 100% barrier-free play and recreation.
7002 Military Ave.
Playground, fishing pier. Handicap accessible, toilets.
South 187th Street, Elkhorn
This neighborhood park has a small barrier-free section with wheelchair access to several interactive panels. Swings, bouncers, diggers for toddlers; multiple climbing walls, ladders, fire poles, monkey bars and slides for older children. Two slides are even arranged perfectly for races!
809 Carter Lake Shore Drive
New playground and splash pad. Handicap accessible, toilets.
7802 Hascall St.
Barrier-free playground with slide, picnic areas and shelter. Handicap accessible, toilets.
Seymour Smith Park
6802 Harrison St.
AllPlay Sports Complex with Miracle Baseball League field, wheelchair softball field, playground with 23 active and 16 passive features, splash pad and pavilion. Handicap accessible, toilets.
Lake Manawa Dreamland Park
93 Dreamland Road, Council Bluffs
Recent $1.3 million upgrade to an old favorite near Shelter No. 6 in Lake Manawa State Park. At 18,000 square feet, it’s the largest ADA-accessible playground in Iowa, complete with a no-step-up merry-go-round! Built by 1,700-plus volunteers.
7541 Park View Blvd, La Vista
Barrier-free playground, an extension of La Vista’s Central Park. Restrooms, shelters.
200 W. Angus St., Gretna
Low-impact playground with easy-access swings and spinners. Two shelters and a gazebo.
Fremont Rotary Park
5th and K Streets, Fremont
Handicap playground, picnic shelter, gazebo, restrooms.
5th and Howard Street, Fremont
Handicap playground and splash pad. Restrooms.
Van Anda Park
Linden and Pebble Streets, Fremont
Handicap playground and splash pad. Shelter and restrooms.
World-Herald correspondent Melinda Keenan contributed to this report.