Help Us Build America’s Most Inclusive Park

From play to fitness. Ball fields to therapy pockets. Picnics to pathways. Moss Universal Park is for everyBODY.

Thanks to our supporters:

Inclusive for
EveryBODY!

A play and recreation space for people of all ages and abilities.

a first of its kind

Moss Universal Park

A play and recreation space for people of all ages and abilities.

Going BEYOND
ADA-Compliance.

Moss Universal Park goes beyond the playground, beyond compliance, & deploys true inclusion. This is a project that mirrors its name — 18 acres of universal inclusion where everyBODY will be empowered to play together!.

MORE than a
Playground.

All people deserve a place to play regardless of age. Universal Park will have fitness and therapy equipment to facilitate recreation and rehab for children, young adults, adults, Veterans, and the elderly.

the facts

Why Play Matters

Physical inactivity increases the severity of many chronic diseases and is the underlying cause of over 10% of deaths in the US.

26%
Of people in the country report a disability
90
min walk through nature reported lower levels of rumination and anxiety.
Disability rates are highest among children living in poverty

Those Who INSPIRE Us

Alice

Alice is as adorable, active, funny and smart as any three-year old you’re likely to meet. To the people who know and love her, Alice is an unstoppABLE force. Her older brother is typically abled. Alice uses a wheelchair. There are plenty of playgrounds where Alice lives, but only two are considered accessible. They’re better than nothing, but they’re designed for kids like Alice, not her brother. He gets bored or doesn’t want to go. There’s not much Alice can do at the other playgrounds, so sometimes she gets left behind. Alice belongs everywhere just like everyone else, but that’s not the world she’s growing up in. She deserves better.

Those Who INSPIRE Us

Deb

Our friend Deb is an amputee. Her granddaughter is typically abled. When Deb takes her to most playgrounds, they can’t play together. Deb can’t “get in the giggles” as she likes to say. Worse, she can’t let her granddaughter explore the rest of the park, because Deb can’t explore the rest of the park.

Deb deserves better than this, and so does her granddaughter. They deserve to explore together.

Those Who INSPIRE Us

Uncle Andy

Uncle Andy is 42 years old. He loves to play with his young nieces, and he loves parks. Because people often misunderstand intellectual disabilities, Andy hasn’t always felt welcome to explore and enjoy playgrounds. At Moss Universal Park, Andy wouldn’t be “different.” He would be welcomed to play with his nieces and other people who love playgrounds. He would belong.

Questions & Answers

The future site of Universal Park is located at 10300 W Wisconsin Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53226

A park is more than just the playground. Moss Universal Park will be a multi-generational, universally inclusive, 18-acre Milwaukee County Park for individuals of all ages and abilities. From playgrounds to fitness pockets. Ball fields to picnic pavilions. Mental health valley to sensory escapes. The Ability Center believes ALL families and individuals with disABILITIES deserve an equitable opportunity to play — TOGETHER — regardless of age or ability.

With your help, we will open Phase 1 of Universal Park by the summer of 2024, and Phase 2 by the summer of 2025, the 35th anniversary of the ADA! TOGETHER we will change the way ALL ABILITIES play in America!

The Ability Center is leading a $12 million+ effort that will cover
two phases of a several year transformation of Wisconsin
Avenue Park.

recent articles

News & Press

Read the most recent press & articles from trusted sources about Universal Parks!

Tenia Fisher & Damian Buchman – Good Things Brewing (S2: Episode 3)

Damian Buchman is the founder of The Ability Center and the vision behind the RampUp Movement which turned Milwaukee’s Bradford...

Moss Universal Park breaking ground to offer inclusive recreation access

The Ability Center, in collaboration with Milwaukee County and design partners from IMPACT Parks, is set to hold a groundbreaking...

Groundbreaking of Nation’s First Universally Inclusive Park

When some people go to a park, they run, jump and play without a second thought. But for others, it’s...

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