Located at Laurel Hills Park on Edwards Mill Road in Raleigh, Sassafras All Children's Playground was designed with children of all physical capabilities in mind. Sassafras is a great example of a local playground that puts the “power of play” into practice. The park epitomizes many of The Kaleidoscope Project’s best practices, including enhancing accessibility and inclusion, using nature to nurture, building positive relationships, and creating inviting spaces and activities.

Enhance Accessibility and Inclusion:
  • Sassafras was made to be enjoyed by kids of all ages and abilities. The park boasts many features based around accessibility and inclusion, including adjustable basketball hoops, zip lines and swings with modified seating, equipment accessed from ground level, wide decking for wheelchairs, and fully accessible picnic tables.
Use Nature to Nurture:
  • Sassafras provides kids with 3.5 acres of prime outdoor play space that inspires curiosity, encourages creativity, spreads joy, and relieves stress. The park design takes inspiration from elements of nature. Kids can climb on replication "tree stumps” complete with friendly raccoons peeking out from the stumps! Varieties of soft grasses that kids can touch are planted throughout the park.
Build Positive Relationships:
  • Sassafras allows children of all abilities to play together and participate in group activities. For example, the park features two zip lines so that differently-abled children can play side-by-side. One has a modified seat for children who need assistance, and the other is designed for children who don't. Thanks to fully accessible picnic tables, people in wheelchairs can sit in the midst of everyone else instead of being stuck at the end of the table.
Create Diverse Spaces and Activities
  • The playground has spaces for all kinds of activities. The three small picnic shelters are not only for eating—they were also designed to offer a quiet, cozy place for kids with sensory issues to take a break. Underneath the main play structure are benches for young kids and their parents, along with several play panels with braille activities for the visually impaired.

Thanks to a focus on universal design and ensuring accessibility for children with special needs, this unique space helps harness the power of play for families across Wake County.