Owen’s Playground is a joyful, active place with play structures, water features, a garden, natural areas, locally designed artistic features and more. This playground honors the memory of Owen Marshall and celebrates the lives of all children, including many like Owen, who benefit from adaptive equipment. By enhancing the experience of all who come to this site to play, explore, and connect, our community expands understanding along with the fun. Owen’s Playground engages all ages and abilities with adaptive play features, community gathering spaces, sensory gardens, inspiring art, and unstructured play opportunities. Its location between two baseball fields provides play and picnic facilities for families during Little League games. Its gardens and shaded seating areas are accessible to our senior community, creating opportunities to watch children at play and visit in an accessible outdoor setting. Children with physical and intellectual disabilities are able to play side by side with their peers. By incorporating smooth surfacing and other design features, all visitors have equal access to the play areas, gardens, art and pathways of this new park. Owen’s Playground design is unique among accessible playgrounds as it includes imaginative contributions from a wide range of local talent. Local artists and designers who are participating in this nature-inspired space including Chris Cain, Douglas Slingerland, David Kotz, Ann Lovejoy, Kristin Tollefson, Kelly Asidorian and Dave Meyers from Myorian Studio, Elizabeth VanDuine, Craig Jacobrown and Andre Pomeroy. Their creative additions help to make a space that is reflective of our West Sound community.
The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation is honored to have served as fiscal sponsor for this wonderful community-inspired project.