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Posted on: August 21, 2020

A Wish Comes True with Aurora's Inclusive Playground


A year ago this week, Arapahoe County Open Spaces joined the City of Aurora, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Aurora Rotary Club, and hundreds of community members to celebrate the grand opening of the City’s first inclusive playground at Red-Tailed Hawk Park. This exciting one-year-old playground is the culmination of a wish from a young Aurora resident named Ashaun, who wanted to be able to play alongside kids of all abilities in an environment where everyone felt included.  

City staff worked tirelessly to raise funds, and design and build a space that exceeds the usual accessibility standards and engages kids through sound, color, texture and movement. The playground features a zipline, wheelchair swing, sensory garden, musical instruments and more. You can visit Red-Tailed Hawk Park at 23701 E. Hinsdale Way in southeast Aurora.

Watch a short video about Red-Tailed Hawk Park

This project was supported by a $450,000 grant from Arapahoe County, made possible by the voter-approved, quarter cent Arapahoe County Open Space Sales and Use Tax.


Photo credit: City of Aurora 

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