1745 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144

Getting to the Seattle Children's PlayGarden   |   206 325 5576   |   info@childrensplaygarden.org


The PlayGarden's mission is to provide children of all abilities a safe, accessible and adventurous place to play.

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The PlayGarden Story

A grand idea took root in fertile soil in late 2002. Inspired by the Rusk Children’s PlayGarden in New York City, Liz Bullard gathered support for a PlayGarden in Seattle. With backing from the Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation,
families of children with disabilities, and the horticultural and medical communities, the PlayGarden was born.

Founded on the core principles of Adventure Play, Garden to Table and Full Inclusion the PlayGarden was designed to be a safe, supportive, accessible and innovative place for children of all abilities to play.

The summer of 2006 found the first PlayGarden campers filling the south end of Colman Playfield with the sounds of raucous joy. But there was still a lot of work to be done transforming the long neglected park into the glorious urban oasis of gardens it is today. With design and construction complete, the summer of 2010 began our first complete year of programs.


To learn more about the public-private partnership, history and those who made it happen, click here.


Pathway for Play- Coming this Fall! 

The Pathway for Play will add important safety, accessibility, and visibility features to our park and will include the Lou Ann Bullard Memorial Garden.

 “One of the biggest reasons we love the PlayGarden is because when we walk through the gate, any limitations Gabriel has at other playgrounds vanish. I love the PlayGarden because it provides my son a safe, supportive place to create, to play, to make new friends and see old friends. Gabriel loves the PlayGarden because it’s a place where he belongs – it’s his turf!"

-- Susan Lakey