Austin will soon welcome its first all-abilities playground for children with disabilities and special needs, leaders at Austin Parks Foundation and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department announced Dec. 14.

The details

Austin’s all-access park will be located at a currently empty plot at Onion Creek Metropolitan Park in southeast Austin.

The park will feature an inclusive play area, accessible restrooms, shaded picnic pavilions, pedestrian trails and parking.

What they’re saying

“A thoughtfully designed inclusive playground helps children of all abilities grow physically, mentally, socially and emotionally,” said Kimberly McNeeley, director of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, in a news release. “We look forward to working with APF to build an all-abilities playground at Onion Creek Metropolitan Park to reflect the natural landscape and ecology of Onion Creek Metro Park, incorporate characteristics defined in the adopted vision plan, and to meet the needs of the Austin community."

What’s next

Austin Parks Foundation will hold a public meeting Jan. 18 from 6:30-8 p.m. to gather community input on the park. The meeting will have American Sign Language and Spanish interpretation, and live captioning. The link to register is available here.