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Martin Luther King Therapeutic Center
3916 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062
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Phone: (213) 847-0878
Email: MLK.TherapeuticCenter@lacity.org

Region: Pacific
Maintenance District: South Park
Council District: 8
Neighborhood Service Area: South Los Angeles
Public Information:

The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks dedicated this Universally Accessible Playground (UAP) at Martin Luther King, Jr. Therapeutic Center on Saturday, April 19, 2008.

With over 180,000 special needs children in Los Angeles County the new playground, which is completely wheelchair accessible, will provide a brighter future for all children.

MLK's universal playground is a project of Shane's Inspiration, an organization that is devoted to creating "accessible playgrounds" that provide opportunities for children with disabilities to play at their highest level.

For more information, call the number above and speak to the Facility Director or visit WWW.SHANESINSPIRATION.ORG

Facility Features: The new playground,located in South Los Angeles, has two play areas, one section for two to five-year-olds and another section for five to twelve-year-olds. Features include a swing set, sand play area and a half-height security fence to help provide a safe environment. The UAP also has resilient rubberized surfacing and shade structures for each play area. Some play features include:
  • The Airplane: Young pilots and co-pilots will enjoy a fully-accessible cockpit loaded with features. They can communicate with the Control Tower via a talk tube radio and plan their route on the navigation panels.
  • Accessible Slides: The accessible slides lead to rubberized surfacing designed for children with mobility challenges.
  • Sand Castle: Our Sand Castle is located a foot above the sand and features wide walkways throughout, allowing children of all abilities to scoop, build, and discover at elevated sand tables.
  • Water Play: Water offers a wonderful sensory experience for all children but is denied to many children with disabilities.