The garden is situated in the hills above the city center, down an urban side street, just past a row of chain-linked fence which confines a baseball and soccer field. We park on the side of the row and enter a quiet but colorful play space. The entire garden, my friend informs me, is designed to be accessible for children of all abilities and to my surprise, it really is! And it isn't just accessible, it's an amazing, sensory-stimulating place for everyone.
I proceeded to walk down a winding paved path, then ran up a colorful rubbery hill, banged giant colorful chimes, fed chickens, tasted strawberries growing an old rusty truck bed that had been converted into a growing space, ran down a dirt path to a Swiss Family Robinson - style play area, and bush-whacked through bramble up to a spacious garden where my son and I sat and played drums on a pumpkin still connected to its vine. Eventually, the garden filled with children and adults of all sizes, shapes, colors, and abilities. I cried. Here was a place where truly everyone felt welcome.
I didn't realize it at the time, but the Playgarden would have a lasting impression on me. Now, as Roots School of Nature and Science is in its developmental stage, I realize that the Playgarden will be a model for us in how to create inclusive and inspiring spaces.
Wouldn't it be amazing if Roots had a playgarden of its own!?
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Founder, Roots School