New accessible playground opens on the Summerfest grounds

NOW: New accessible playground opens on the Summerfest grounds

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee's Summerfest grounds has always had an area where kids could play but this year, Henry Maier Festival Park will be even more kid friendly! 

Thursday, June 17, CBS 58 received a sneak peek of the new Northwestern Mutual Community Park. It's a redesigned children's area with an inclusive soft-surface playground, performance stages, and sensory rooms. It's designed to be accessible to kids of all abilities. 

They held a preview for the media and they invited a bunch of kids to try it out. 

"We're very proud of it. The area was in rough shape and it needed to be reimagined, which we did and it just turned out great," said Don Smiley, President and CEO of Milwaukee World Festivals. 


The new playground will get a lot of use during Summerfest and other festivals. Even when there's no event on the grounds, the park will be available to the community. 

Beginning Saturday, June 19, the Park will be open free to the community Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Monday through Friday from noon – 4:00 p.m.

Days and times may vary depending upon the event calendar and are subject to change. 

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