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The design for Bemidji's proposed universally accessible playground includes play areas for 2- to 5-year-olds and 5- to 12-year-olds. There would be a nature-inspired play structure with slides, an accessible sand table and dig area, sensory wall, musical area and swings.

Playground plans advance as fundraising campaign nears

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BEMIDJI - While Bemidji playgrounds are ADA compliant, they do not necessarily foster side-by-side play between disabled and able-bodied children. Wheelchair-users, for instance, cannot traverse playgrounds filled with wood chips.

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