On a recent summer afternoon, Marshall Park was full of kids climbing ladders, rocking on swings, hurtling down slides and traversing jungle gyms.
Like nearly all parks, Marshall Park was made with able-bodied children in mind when it was built and dedicated more than 20 years ago. For many kids with disabilities, traditional playgrounds leave them out of the fun.
But there’s a plan in the works to remodel Marshall Park, and it’s being guided by a simple philosophy: That parks should be for everybody.
“There’s a real need for it in the city, in terms of making sure there’s places where people can play together regardless of abilities,” said Melody Burton, marketing manager at Vancouver Parks and Recreation.
“It really is about the city leaning into its values as parks being a place for all people.”