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RECREATION AND PARKS

The City of Los Angeles' Department of Recreation and Parks currently has several Universally Accessible Playgrounds where children of all abilities can play side-by-side. The Department has a goal of developing additional "Accessible Play" playgrounds and is working to identify more parks citywide which could be enlarged or otherwise accommodate installation of a mid-sized playground to help the vision become a reality.

Universally Accessible Playgrounds
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Aidan's Place - Westwood RC 1350 S. Sepulveda, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Arroyo Seco Park (AKA Hermon Park) 5566 Via Marisol, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Barry A. Sanders Sportsfield (Beilenson Park) 6200 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406
De Garmo Park 10145 Arminta St., Sun Valley, CA 91352
Dearborn Park 17141 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91325
Glen Alla Park 4601 Alla Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90292
Hansen Dam RECREATION CENTER 11770 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
Hazard RECREATION CENTER 2230 Norfolk St., Los Angeles, CA 90033
KEN MALLOY HARBOR REGIONAL PARK 25820 S. Vermont Ave., Harbor City, CA 90710
LAKE BALBOA/ANTHONY C. BEILENSON PARK
6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91316
LAKE STREET PARK 211 N. Lake St., Los Angeles , CA 90026
Lincoln Park 3600 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90031
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. THERAPEUTIC RC 3916 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062
Orthopaedic Hospital 2400 Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90007
Potter (Benny H.) West Adams Avenues Memorial Park 2413 S. 2nd Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90018
RENÉE'S PLACE AT PAN PACIFIC PARK 7600 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Rio De Los Angeles State Park 1900 N. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90065
Ritchie Valens Park 10736 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Pacoima, CA 91331
Rosecrans Recreation Center/CVS Playground 840 West 149th St., Gardena, CA 90247
Shadow Ranch Park 22633 Vanowen St., West Hills, CA 91307
Shane's Inspiration - Griffith Park 4800 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Slavin (Jamie Beth) Park 7965 Whitsett Ave., No. Hollywood, CA 91605
South Park Playground 351 E. 51st St., Los Angeles, CA 90011
Stoner Recreation Center Playground 1835 Stoner Ave., West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Sycamore Grove Park 4702 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042
Tobias Avenue Park 9122 Tobias Avenue, Panorama City, CA 91402
Valley Glen Community Park (formerly Erwin Park) 6150 Atoll Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91436
Van Nuys - Sherman Oaks Park 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Westchester Recreation Center 7000 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045
Westside Neighborhood Park 3085 Clyde Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Wilshire Crest Elementary School 5241 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

HistorY

The first west coast playground began with one mother. In March of 1997 Catherine Curry-Williams gave birth to a son, Shane, who died two weeks later of spinal muscular atrophy (a disorder that would have left him severely disabled had he survived). Catherine's sister-in-law sent her an article from an East Coast paper about another family who also lost a child. They had turned their grief into action by creating a playground.

Inspired by the story, Catherine and her husband Scott did their research and learned that there were no wheelchair-accessible playgrounds on the west coast. They decided to take action. Catherine joined with a friend, Tiffany Harris, and together they created a non-profit organization called SHANE'S INSPIRATION.

Their mission: To create a truly unique recreational environment in Los Angeles that provides an opportunity for children with disabilities to play at their highest level, enhancing their emotional, physical and social development, as well as teaching compassion and acceptance.

Catherine and Tiffany raised $1 million for their playground. Former Councilman Mike Feuer learned of their desire to build the playground in Griffith Park. He presented the motion to the City Council, which voted unanimously to allocate two acres of prime land in Griffith Park to the project.

According to Catherine, "Department staff worked with Shane's Inspiration (the organization) on a daily basis, in a seamless public/private partnership - cutting through obstacles and red tape. In many ways it was the best of both worlds. Our private funding made it possible for us to choose our contractors. The partnership with Recreation and Parks and former Councilman Feuer removed all bureaucratic obstacles. If we had to do this on our own, we would be years away from completion." Our first Universally Accessible Playground, Shane's Inspiration, opened on September 21, 2000.

Special thanks to www.shanesinspiration.org for their help with the Universally Accessible Playground images used on our UAP photo pages.

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO GET information about Shane's Club play dates organized by shanesnspiration.org that take place at SOME local UAP sites.