The problem with disability isn’t disability, it’s design.

People with and impacted by disABILITIES have been around as long as humanity as existed — we just haven’t been designing for their unique needs. We think it’s well past time to do better! Let’s do better … TOGETHER!

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ACCESSIBLE Isn't Enough

The world is simply not built for people with disabilities. At worst, we’re considered disposable. Most of the time we’re an inconvenience or an afterthought — a curb cut here, a ramp there, a wider bathroom stall over there, a playground in a park somewhere, but not every park everywhere. Nevermind the rest of the park. That’s off limits.

It’s been nearly 35 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act established the absolute minimum people are legally required to do in order to make the world accessible to us. But it’s not about designing the world to be accessible to people with disabilities; it’s about designing the world for everyBODY. Universal Design brings people together by ensuring everyBODY can share the same world.

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A Place for EveryBODY

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.

Our Mission

To provide people impacted by disabilities with a daily opportunity to be fit, active, healthy, and to play.

Our Vision

To build communities where all abilities are provided a universal opportunity for health, wellness and recreation.

The Goal

To transform greater Milwaukee into the most universally inclusive recreation destination in the world.

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. 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.

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.

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