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Dobson Ranch Park introduces new universally inclusive playground

A new playground at Dobson Ranch Park. (City of Mesa)

A ribbon cutting ceremony today ushered in a new playground at Dobson Ranch Park, 2359 S. Dobson Road.

(City of Mesa)
(City of Mesa)

“This new playground invites all children regardless of abilities the opportunity to play,” Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Director Marc Heirshberg said. “While traditional slides and swings are fun, we are introducing another approach to play where parents or caregivers can play alongside or with their child.”

Dobson Ranch playground is 10,000 square feet with features that includes:

  • A multi-layer play experience with upper and lower play structures connected through ramps.
  • Toddler expression swings that allow parents to swing with younger children.
  • Sandbox table and musical instruments to encourage sensory play.
  • A 50-foot double zip line with supported seat and disc for side-by-side play.
  • Triumph Climber with transfer station for side-by-side climbing.
  • Cozy Cocoon and Saddle Spinner for children who need a quiet space.
  • Two shade structures covering the playground.
  • Mixed surfacing with rubber and wood fiber.
  • Updated restrooms to meet ADA requirements.

“This is a wonderful addition to Dobson Ranch and I am so excited to have it in District 3,” Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh said. “This playground will be a fantastic place for any child to come and enjoy with their friends and family.”

Dobson Ranch Park playground was designed by Gavin Barker and constructed by Valley Rain. The total cost of the project was $610,000 funded by the 2012 Parks Bond Project.  The former playground was donated to Mesa’s Sister City in Guaymas, Mexico on Sept. 8.

Dobson Ranch Park is open from sunrise to 10 p.m. For more information, visit the Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities website at: www.mesaaz.gov/parksrec.

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