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A bird’s-eye view of the new Seattle Children’s PlayGarden. Photographs by Liz Bullard, excect as noted

Imagine a public park in your city or town that includes elegantly housed chickens and bunnies, accessible climbing structures for children of all ages, giant topiary animals, and a kitchen garden planted with all sorts of yummy vegetables children love—peas, beets, corn, lettuce, potatoes—that are then cooked up, on the spot, in a child-friendly kitchen. Yes, that’s right—all of this in a public park!

Seattle is fortunate to have such a remarkable play space, and it has been designed for everyone: kids on two feet, kids with walkers, kids in wheelchairs, kids who communicate differently. Digging in the dirt, swinging in the sun, chasing butterflies: all children deserve these simple pleasures.

As Liz Bullard, executive director of the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden explains, “Children with special needs have a right to play alongside their typically developing siblings and friends.” The PlayGarden strives to provide “them with full access to a safe indoor/outdoor recreation space” and to offer “inclus...

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