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Summerfest playground to become more accessible

Posted at 6:14 AM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 07:14:36-04

MILWAUKEE — The playground at Henry Maier Festival Park is about to become one of Wisconsin's most accessible playgrounds.

The playground, currently known as the Northwestern Mutual Children’s Theater & Playzone, will be revamped and renamed the Northwestern Mutual Community Park.

The park will be open during Summerfest and other ethnic festivals as well as on non-event days, encouraging the broader community to access this new amenity throughout the summer.

The redevelopment project will involve getting all new playground equipment and updating the area with accessible playground surfaces.

According to a press release from Milwaukee World Festival, Inc., "a guiding priority of the design is to offer inclusive play for children who may experience a variety of challenges."

The goal is to make the park one of the most accessible in Wisconsin.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Northwestern Mutual Foundation to provide children and families of our community a fun and accessible entertainment experience. The redevelopment of this area has been a priority for some time, and we cannot wait to see the children enjoying this new amenity,” said Don Smiley, President and CEO of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.

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