Shane’s Inspiration Griffith Park

The first Inclusive and Accessible Playground in Los Angeles that Opened in 2000.




“This is not just another playground…It is a symbol of hope and love and a beacon of joy for thousands of children in our city.” Former Mayor Richard Riordan, speaking at the opening of “Shane’s Inspiration” in Griffith Park.
“Shane’s Inspiration” was the first Universally Accessible Playground in the Western United States and the largest in the nation. This remarkable play environment is the most popular playground in Los Angeles and has inspired the creation of Universally Accessible Playgrounds throughout Southern California and beyond.

Sitting on 2 acres in Griffith Park, this playground features a number of fantastic play elements, including:


  • Cruise down the accessible “jetway,” and let your imagination take off! Little pilots can man the controls in the cockpit while checking their compass for direction. Don’t forget to radio the Control Tower via the talk tube radio…or plot your route of travel across the states and major cities at the national map.
  • Too turbulent? No problem. Make a speedy exit on either of the slides. Immediately adjacent to the bottom of each slide is a bouncy landing pad, which gives with children mobility challenges the opportunity to depart the slide and comfortably wait for their wheelchair or walker to join them.
  • 3…2…1…lift off! This space shuttle gives children of all abilities a chance to adventure into space. The Lucky Star Chaser, generously supported by the Lucky Brand Foundation, stands 4 feet high. The length of your odyssey can be marked with the hourglass play panel and travel can be plotted on a space map. The flight crew can watch the galaxy go by through the atmosphere-resistant bubble windows.
  • Come aboard and sail away to discover the buried treasure…? Ronald’s Ship of Dreams, generously donated by Ronald McDonald House Charities, provides hours of imaginative play. Enter through the accessible “gangway” and explore every inch of this seaworthy vessel. View a map of the exotic foreign ports you’ll be visiting. In the event you need to disappear, the ship offers a periscope to continue above-water navigation.

Shane’s Inspiration is deeply grateful to the following people and organizations who made this dream a reality: Los Angeles City Council, especially former members Mike Feuer and Ruth Galanter and current member Tom LaBonge; The Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation; Landscape architect Lauren Melendrez; Equipment manufacturer Landscape Structures; Muscular Dystrophy Association; Morton Schapiro, Dean of the University of Southern California; Imagine Entertainment; Ben and Jerry’s; ARROW 93 FM; Dorothy Williams, Parent-to-Parent Liaison for Cedars Sinai Hospital; the California Lung Association; Paula Poundstone; Larry Miller; and Laura San Giacomo – and so many more wonderful