A new inclusive playground with equipment and a design for children of all abilities is now in operation in the Metro.

Officials broke ground last fall on the 600-thousand dollar Fallenstein Playground at Caswell Park in North Mankato, which is located next to the Miracle League’s Fallenstein Field. Much of the work was completed in July by the way of volunteers through a community build. 

Miracle League Board President Wilbur Neushwander-Frink says so many hands went into pulling off the project.

“We had children raising money for us, so just all kinds of people gave to the playground. We have pages and pages of donor forms. So, it definitely was a community event, a project and now the community can enjoy it.”

The playground surface is made up of a pebble flex surface that allows anyone to access the site, particularly people who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids.

“This a very atypical playground in that it has many features. It has a tunnel, it has a little bit of topography, then we have a separate area for children ages 2 to 5 that’s fully shade covered. So, it adds a lot of variety for different ages of children. I think that that will create a place that people will want to go.”

The City of North Mankato donated a third of an acre of land where the playground now sits.