Bellevue inspiration playground


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Whimsical Wisdom Tree This majestic fantasy-like tree with its wise old face, spiraling gold branches and programmable fanciful lighting is the grand centerpiece in the imaginary fairytale-like setting of Inspiration Playground.

Whimsical Wisdom Tree

This majestic fantasy-like tree with its wise old face, spiraling gold branches and programmable fanciful lighting is the grand centerpiece in the imaginary fairytale-like setting of Inspiration Playground.

Canyon Boulders Children can walk or wheel between two 10’ granite canyon walls with water cascading down from the Canyon Waterfall. 

Canyon Boulders

Children can walk or wheel between two 10’ granite canyon walls with water cascading down from the Canyon Waterfall. 

Sandstone Table of Water Play A hand-sculpted 9’ slab of sandstone features curving stream paths and fantasy-like art embedded in a tabletop creek.

Sandstone Table of Water Play

A hand-sculpted 9’ slab of sandstone features curving stream paths and fantasy-like art embedded in a tabletop creek.


Bellevue, Washington

Inspiration Playground is a two and a half-acre playground that anchors the corner of a large urban park. The playground will provide an inclusive, whimsical play experience for all ages and abilities. Imaginative play opportunities abound within this playground.  

Wisdom Tree Plaza is where a large Dr. Seuss style whimsical tree sculpture with interactive LED lighting provides a focal feature for the playground. Surrounding play features include a wavy walk integrated into gardens and sculptures, and a young children’s play area (ages 2-5) with composite play equipment and fanciful play house. The Free Spirit Natural Play Area provides a natural interactive water experience where children can explore the movement, damming and splashing of water through an elevated accessible water experience and a down and dirty area where visitors can rock hop, create a dam with logs and sticks, and have ‘boat’ races with natural materials. 

The King of the Hillside slide is a land slide allowing visitors to scamper up the hill to race down a double slide. The Old Wise Tree anchors the older children play area (ages 5-12) where a Rockin’ Music Plaza provides opportunities to serenade each other with large outdoor musical instruments while kids dance along the interactive walkway. Visitors can race up the ramps or climb the Roots ‘n’ Rocks climbing wall to elevated play components. 

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