Bellevue Inspiration Playground

inclusive Play | universally accessible

Bellevue, Washington

an Urban inclusive play environment

Inspiration Playground is an inclusive environment in the center of the new Bellevue Downtown Park in Bellevue, Washington. Made possible by the City of Bellevue and the Downtown Rotary Club of Bellevue, the playground was designed by Carol Henry.

play for all ages and abilities

With multiple play areas and play opportunities for all abilities, the playground spaces will accommodate the needs of all children—kids developing typically, as well as kids with physical, cognitive, or sensory disabilities. It provides an open and secure environment with amenities for children, parents, and care-givers alike. The universally accessible playground is compliant with the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), including Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

magical and inspired custom design

Inclusivity is only part of the genius of Inspiration Playground, though. The magic of Carol’s design is in its pure fun. The playground is artistic and whimsical, and near dusk when the Wisdom Tree begins to glow, the space is simply magical.

play beyond a playground

Climbing walls, looped walkways, gardens, sculptures, music, both younger and older kids play areas, and an interactive water play area all combine to create a wonderful mix of natural play and Dr. Seuss-like wonderland.

there’s something for everyone

Inspiration Playground gives new meaning to family fun in Bellevue. Residents will be enjoying this playground for generations, and visitors will be putting it at the top of their must-visit destinations. People of all ages and abilities will be inspired and enlivened by this playground.


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Behind The Design | Gem Stories

Whimsical Wisdom Tree   This majestic fantasy-like tree with its wise old face, spiraling gold branches, and programmable 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 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.