The Salmon Bay School Playground is designed to be a high-quality experience for children with autism, as well as for all kids in the Salmon Bay K-8 community. We worked with experts and the community to develop design principles related to autism. The playground has been highly successful in creating an environment where kids with ASD feel comfortable, are engaged, and are gently stimulated to socialize. All kids benefit from the unique design, including ample transitional spaces created by a sculptural stone “tree root planter” and contact with natural materials. Play equipment that challenges strength, coordination and balance is organized in small pods. A “flow line” encodes number patterns that appeal to those ASD students who are gifted in math.

Client: Friends of Salmon Bay & Seattle School District
Location: Seattle, WA

All photos: Aaron Leitz