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Located within a park adjacent to the museum, the Destination Playground will provide an imaginative and
inclusive play experience for our region. Owned and operated by the Grand Forks Park District, destination
playground will be a fun, free attraction for our region’s residents and an attractive amenity for tourism in
Grand Forks. With the future plans of the park offering other possible signature amenities, such as a
year-round community pavilion, outdoor fitness court, sculpture walking trail, and fun winter features,
the park will be a valuable resource for our community.

The destination playground will be built with an all-inclusive design and multi-story, unique playground
equipment providing a fun play environment for all ages and abilities, including physical and non-physical
disabilities such as sensory disabilities and autism. While still in the conceptual stages, the destination
playground will incorporate elements that are unique to the Grand Forks area and North Dakota. It will also
incorporate and support the concepts within the Children's Museum by replicating the color palette of the building features and artwork.

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Although the Center for Exploration capital campaign
encompasses both the children’s museum building and
the destination playground, the Grand Forks Park District
will own and operate Destination Playground. Through
the Park District's existing general operation budget, their
staff will be responsible for maintaining the park land, the
playground structure
, and all other amenities within the park.

  • Inclusive design for all abilities

  • Free flowing, multiple zoned design

  • Colorful light-enhancing materials

  • Interactive learning walls

  • Multi-story play towers

  • Sunshade canopies

  • Tunnels & bridges

  • Swings & wheelchair friendly rockers

  • Repurposed structures

  • Variable surface materials such as rubber & turf

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