In a galaxy not so far away, there’s a playground designed to be out of this world. Grove City is home to Fryer Park’s Discovery Frontier, an all-accessible playground with an outer-space theme. Yet, it’s how the playground appeals to an individual’s “inner space” that makes it unique.
From the moment the planet-themed playground took shape, special consideration was taken to make the surroundings and equipment appeal to children who are blind, deaf or have autism. Custom play pieces mirror those that therapists use when working with children who have autism. An earth mound features planet plaques with Braille descriptions and the nearby Venus Music Garden offers brightly colored bells, chimes and drums that beckon all children, even those who can’t hear the music.
A custom climbing wall constructed of red concrete and colorful stones represents Mars. Those who prefer not to climb will have fun peering through the many craters. The Moon Station offers more fun. The circular structure features a lookout perch complete with telescopes and craters that allows little ones to tunnel to a 4-foot high “moon room” hidden underneath.
While visitors to this playground won't find the typical slides or swings, there is a Mercury Sandbox and plans for a Jupiter Splash Pad and Pluto Shelter House.
If you visit, watch your step (but in a good way): There is a walking path with a stamped time line of significant dates of discovery of the solar system as well as what was happening in Grove City at those times.