Early this year, I was in the Beachwood area and knew I had to stop by the Preston's H.O.P.E. Playground to see it for myself. I had only heard good things about it, so I knew I would be impressed. Little did I know just how impressed I would be!
It really is quite amazing, and the best part is that any and every child can play at Preston's H.O.P.E. because it's a fully-accessible playground. The largest in Northeast Ohio!
Because pictures speak 1,000 words, this write-up is going to be filled with images. Enjoy!
Note: The day I was there it was unseasonably cold, which is why you don't see any kids playing in these pictures.
All About Preston's H.O.P.E. Playground
First off, the playground is HUGE. The picture above is an aerial snapshot of the entire grounds, as you can tell it keeps going and going and going!
The playground is comprised of various walkways that lead to different buildings you will find in Cleveland, including: Mt. Sinai Town Center, Bank of America, Clothing Stores, a Barber Shop, School House, a Gym, and a Fire Station (just to name a few).
Children can easily enter each building and play with the themed activities inside each one.
In addition to the buildings, there is a wooden train, jeep, countless slides, climbing walls, stepping stones, and so much more.
Next up is the Sand Area. There is one huge sandbox made to look like you are digging up dinosaur bones as well as other sandboxes that you can either sit or stand to use.
Of course, no playground would be complete without swings. The swing area contains infant swings, regular swings, and fully-accessible swings.
As you can tell, Preston's H.O.P.E. Playground has it all! And it's completely FREE.
And the reason it is FREE to use is due to the generous donations of the people who use it. So if you do plan to visit, remember to place a dollar or two in the donation box to help support this fantastic playground.
Tips for Visiting Preston's H.O.P.E. Playground
- The park is large and it’s helpful to have more than one adult if you’re taking multiple children, but the whole park is fenced for safety.
- The playground has a lot of soft rubber walking and landing area, but it can get hot during the heat of the day.
- Although the houses have covers, the park doesn’t have much shade. Sunscreen or a hat might be needed on sunny days.
- With so much to do, it's always a good idea to bring snacks and drinks from home so you can enjoy a longer visit.
Preston's H.O.P.E. Playground Features & Amenities
Preston's H.O.P.E., is a fully accessible playground that was created for children with all levels of abilities and disabilities. Find out more about how Preston's H.O.P.E started.
- 60,000-square-feet of fun
- Multiple Bridges
- Swing-sets (Infant, Regular, Accessible Swings)
- Climbing Walls
- Building to Play in
- Multi-levels (fully accessible)
- Drinking Fountains
- Covered Pavilion
- Picnic Tables & Benches
Located on the property of The Mandel Jewish Community Center
26001 S. Woodland Rd., Beachwood, OH 44122
Open from 8am to 9pm during the fair-weather months
Have you ever been to Preston's H.O.P.E Playground? If so, what parts do your kids enjoy most?