Variety believes that playgrounds should be thrilling for all children! The majority of playgrounds throughout Iowa do not offer adaptations for children with special needs. In 2014, Variety provided the City of Des Moines with its first all-inclusive playground, the Ashley Okland Star Playground, in memory of Young Variety Board Member, Ashley Okland. Providing a playground for children of all abilities to play together helps promote play, healthy physical activity and learning for all children. Outdoor play experiences provide the perfect opportunity to support inclusive play by creating awareness, breaking down barriers and fostering friendships.
Based on the positive feedback and the success of the Ashley Okland Star Playground, Variety
recognized the need and desire for all-inclusive playgrounds in other Iowa communities. Variety is working to bring the Star Playground concept to additional communities throughout the state.
Star Playground at Riverview Park (Des Moines)
Variety is proud to announce it will begin work on its second all-inclusive Star Playground in Des Moines. Variety’s newest playground will be located at Riverview Park. For more information on the Variety Star Playground and how you can help please contact Sheri.
Variety invites you to support and help complete the Star Playground at Riverview Park.
Star Playground at Noelridge Park (Cedar Rapids)
A $475,000 capital campaign to provide a 9,600 square foot all-inclusive Variety Star Playground at Noelridge Park on the Northeast side of Cedar Rapids was completed in the spring of 2017. Variety broke ground on Cedar Rapids first all-inclusive playground in May and opened the Variety Star Playground to a large crowd in October.
Ashley Okland Star Playground (Des Moines)
In 2014, Variety provided the City of Des Moines with its first all-inclusive playground, the Ashley Okland Star Playground. Variety’s flagship playground is located within Ewing Park on the Southeast side of Des Moines and has become a destination playground.