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As parents of a young boy with autism, Jason and Sarah Schott dreamed of bringing a truly unique and fully inclusive playground to their community where children of all abilities could play side-by-side with their son, Braden. All Inclusive Rec was brought on to the project from its initial conception through installation and the ribbon cutting ceremony, where it was officially proclaimed “Braden & Friends Challenger Playground.”

“Braden & Friends” utilized the Little Tikes Commercial Custom Design Studio to showcase a farming theme – a nod to Ste. Genevieve’s rich history as a farm community with ties to the nearby Mississippi River. All Inclusive Rec proposed showcasing these concepts with a giant boat, a barn and silo play structure with corn stalks, a tractor with a hay wagon and hay bales perfect for climbing. And because “Braden & Friends” receives full sun exposure, its design was complemented with shaded seating areas throughout for maximum comfort!

Children playing on a playground

A child in a wheelchair plays alongside an able-bodied child at Braden and Friends Challenger Playground.

Unique Features

  • Custom design theme chosen to highlight the town’s farming community, including large barn and silo play structures
  • 15,000 sq. ft. fully inclusive playground with DuraSafe Rubber Tile Surfacing, adaptive swings, zipline with adaptive seats, inclusive spinner, activity play panels, and MUCH more!
  • Outdoor musical instruments including xylophones, chimes and drums
  • Fabric Shade for play areas and benches to provide relief from full sun exposure
Children climbing on playground equipment that looks like sunflowers.

Project Details

  • Location: Ste. Genevieve, MO
  • Partners: Unlimited Play, Ste. Genevieve County Community Center, Ste. Genevieve County Board for the Developmentally Disabled
  • Timeline: March 2016 to September 2016
  • Vendors Used: Little Tikes Commercial Custom Design Studio, SofSurfaces, USA Shade, Elephant Play and Wabash Valley

Working with All Inclusive Rec to dream, design and build Braden & Friends Challenger Playground could not have been better. From the moment we first sat down to the day of the ribbon cutting, their team of experts carefully listened to our dreams and put their work into action to create the perfect destination for anyone wanting to enjoy a playground.