Inclusive Playground

Project History

Everything begins with one person and one idea. In early 2017, the City of Waconia received a $5,000 donation from Quinn Larson and his family to kick start the fundraising for an Inclusive Playground for Waconia. Over the past year, the passion and interest in this playground - and providing a space for people of all abilities - has grown. Donations continue to be received at the City, totaling $124,469.70 as of November 18, 2019.

Playground design

Task Force

In the fall of 2018, the City Council authorized the creation of a 21-member citizen task force to the assist with the design process of the future inclusive playground. The task force began meeting in January, and for the next five months discussed their vision and what they would like to see in Waconia's Inclusive Playground. On June 3, the Task Force presented their vision to the Waconia City Council. 

Take a peek at the slideshow below to view the playground design! 

Inclusive Playground Overview Design

Fundraising

For more details on fundraising, please visit the City's Inclusive Playground fundraising page here (link). 

The initial concept of the playground includes an inclusive play system and accessible surfacing, with costs of approximately $600,000 or more. The goal is to raise approximately $400,000. The project is currently anticipated in 2023, unless funds can be raised quicker - then the project would start sooner. The City has earmarked some funds for this project and is working on the concept design for an additional park building with restrooms adjacent to this playground. There are also additional grant opportunities available for the City to apply for, however those need to be applied for closer to the construction date. 

This project would not be possible without donors - so thank you to all for considering or making a donation! 

Future Updates

Please check back periodically for updates regarding this project! 

Contact Us

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    Susan Arntz


    City Administrator
    Email (link)
    952-442-3100

    Jackie Schwerm

    Assistant City Administrator
    Email (link)
    952-442-3103

    City Hall

    201 S. Vine St.
    Waconia, MN 55387

    Ph: 952-442-2184

    Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (M-F)

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