Pint-Sized Paradise

Paradise Peninsula playscape at Waterford Oaks County Park was designed to address issues of accessibility and promote inclusive play.

Tykes can explore the natural wonders of Michigan at Paradise Peninsula. Photos Courtesy of Oakland County Parks and Recreation

This universally accessible playscape in the Oakland County park system is designed as a tribute to the many beautiful and unique landscapes found in Michigan.

The project was made possible in part by a $250,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation—Access to Recreation Initiative administered by the Michigan Recreation and Park Association Foundation.

Little explorers can discover Michigan's wonders and learn about the Great Lakes State through simulated rock, water and fossil features.

The playscape includes an “Up North Woods” cabin, simulated tree fort, sand dunes, marsh challenge course with simulated cattails, raised sand play area and multiple climbing areas.

Colorful rubberized surfacing depicts Michigan's lakes and rivers.

Information provided by Meagan Bridget Shafto and the county’s communications and marketing department.