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Sensory garden opens in Seattle for people with disabilities

The garden aims to be welcoming and accessible for people of all abilities.
The new sensory garden. (Photo: City of Seattle / Instagram @kikiatlarge)

City of Seattle Parks and Recreation is taking another step towards making Seattle more accessible for all.

The new Seattle Sensory Garden, located in the northeast corner of the Woodland Park Rose Garden, will be an inclusive and interactive space for all. New access is available for everyone with ADA improvements, pathway repaving, and park enhancements.

A trellace built in the new sensory garden. (Photo: City of Seattle)

Focus is put on making the park inclusive and interactive. Everyone can access nature through sight, touch, and smell elements throughout the garden like wind chimes, bells, and raised beds which make it easier to smell and interact with the plants. At 1.3 acres, there is plenty of space for all.

Opened on July 3, the garden is a project funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Funding, allocating $750,000 for the construction and development of the garden. An opening celebration will be planned for later this summer.

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