Preston’s H.O.P.E. Playground
Preston's H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Play and Enjoy), located in Beachwood, is a playground designed to allow children with all abilities and disabilities to play with their families and other children, the first such playground in Northeast Ohio.
It is named for Preston Fisher, a young boy with spinal SMA muscular atrophy. It was his mother, Jackie Fisher with her friend, Stacie Halpern, who raised the $3 million necessary to build the playground.
Voted “Best Park” and “Best Place To Take Kids for the Afternoon” by Macaroni Kid East website, the 60,000 square feet playground offers opportunities for kids with and without disabilities to have endless fun and learning opportunities. Preston’s H.O.P.E. playground is packed with play structures on multiple levels connected by ramps. Activity panels are found throughout on walls, pathways, and on play structures. The chance to learn Braille is scattered throughout. Other playground activities include:
- Granny’s pavilion
- Learning Clock
- Climbing Towers
- Ball Wall
- Monkey Bars
- Sound Tubes
- Balance Beams
The playground, is FREE, and open to the public from 8am to 8pm daily.