Best Of 2022

Best Inclusive Playground

Anyone else feel like playgrounds are terrifying? The parking lot. The strangers. The strange way playground equipment just ends in midair, with drop-offs above your head, as if most 5-year-olds can totally handle a fire pole. Enter Makino Park. Not only is it entirely fenced in and surrounded by soft rubber, but much of the equipment is totally accessible. That means your child who uses a wheelchair can roll onto a cool glider. It also means a babysitting grandma can maneuver her electric scooter onto the jungle gym when chasing a defiant 3-year-old. Makino Park is fun and colorful, with multiple play areas geared toward various ages and abilities. It’s practically in Never Never Land, all the way up in Mason, but absolutely worth the drive.