Shabbona Park is a major activity center for the Dunning community in Chicago and has a large special needs program for area children. Upland Design assisted the Chicago Park District renovating 15,000 square feet of the park with an exciting new playground and splash pad.
With neighborhood and park staff input, the renovation fits what residents want. The splash pad, a former wading pool was upgraded to provide accessible paving with multiple jets and spray misters for kids of all ages and abilities.
The playground now provides a tot area, a 5-12 year old structure as well as music panels and plenty of swings. The large play structure’s main entrance has a ramp to provide access to much of the elevated play. At the same time, a challenging 8’ deck offers views of the park before kids slide back to the ground. The playgrounds many benches, game tables, and seat walls offer plenty of seating for waiting parents. Rubber surfacing runs throughout the playground providing a resilient and playful surface.