• Always Dream Play Area
  • Always Dream Play Area
  • Always Dream Play Area
  • Always Dream Play Area
  • Always Dream Play Area

Swinging, Spinning, Sliding, Rolling, Jumping, Digging, Drumming: It’s All Play!

Always Dream Play Area

This is where all children can play and dream. Part of Fremont’s Central Park, this play area provides fun, engaging and challenging activities for a child’s physical, mental and social development. It reflects the distant hills with a series of colorful mounds rising out of the field of turf, encircling a plaza with its stepped seating, picnic tables, huge cement balls for climbing, shade umbrellas and a drum installation. Children can run over the mounds, roll down them, jump off them or hang out on them. Seat wall transfers at the mounds allow a person in a wheelchair to transfer onto them. And a slide in the central mound is accessible through transfer steps. The mounds in the preschool area are shallower, with small-scale elements like play houses. 

Toddler swings are separate from the school-age swings that accommodate 3-4 children at a time. The swings allow children with limited upper body strength to lie across them. Spinner bowls in the pre-school area rotate on 3 axes, creating a disorienting but fun experience. The merry-go-round climber in the school-age area has a solid deck that allows for transfer from a wheel chair and a seating area that allows children with limited physical ability to experience spinning.

With all that movement, there is also a place for children to be quietly—or not so quietly—creative. The sand and water play area is a setting for dramatic play, practicing castle building and digging for treasure. Transfer steps provide access to the sand, and the water source is raised so a child in a wheelchair can pull right up to it. Finally, a grove of trees provides for free play in a forest setting, helping children connect with natural elements.

We developed conceptual designs, refined the concept through design development, prepared construction documents and performed construction observation.

Project Information

Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation and the City of Fremont
Fremont, California


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