The Discovery Playground in Spokane, Washington is one more element fulfilling the dream of those who envisioned Mirabeau Point as a multi-use community campus for public recreational, educational and entertainment activities.
Located near the Spokane River just north of I-90 and east of Pines Road, Mirabeau Point is the site of Mirabeau Meadows, Mirabeau Springs, and the Mirabeau Trails Natural Area. It is home to CenterPlace, Spokane Valley’s premier regional event facility, which also houses the Spokane Valley Senior Citizens Center. Located nearby are the Spokane Valley YMCA and the Centennial Trail. Served by STA Bus Route 32.
Features in the Discovery Playground are designed to provide accessible and imaginative learn-and-play activities for a variety of ages and abilities. Using sight, sound, scent and touch, the elements of the playground are designed to provide activities that support physical, educational and social development. A variety of inviting gathering areas will accommodate individual, family and group activities.
Designed around the theme “Exploring Eastern Washington,” the Discovery Playground provides outdoor educational opportunities where classes and groups can pursue physical, earth and life sciences, and health and fitness education.
Discovery Playground Features Include:
Sun Gateway and Basalt Boulder Play: Gathering plaza, climbing boulders and a bridge over a dry creek bed
Steelhead Trout River Bed “Splash Pad”: Basalt water sprays, trout sculptures, seating and jumping water jets
Fossil Maze: Herb garden, fossils, benches and a raised planting bed
Outdoor Classroom: A quiet group gathering area
Secret Garden: Wavy walk, bridge, larger-than-life objects, vine tunnel and sensory plantings
Bear Den Sand Play with Mammoth Fossil Find: Bear den, mammoth and fossils, water spigot and raised sand table
Big Horn Sheep Challenge Steps, Double Slide and Sensory Garden: Shallow and steep steps with wrap-around garden, and sculpture/seating/talk tubes
Eagle’s Nest Observation Deck: Watershed and salmon wall, Glacier Rock slide, climbing wall, giant eagle’s nest sitting circle, swings, spinners, fish climbing sculpture and boulder seating
Elk Valley Picnic Plaza: Shelter, tables, seating, boulders, sundial, fossils and Split Rock
Musical Elements: Musical elements in seating nooks with a larger musical area
Landscaping: Features Eastern Washington flora with a variety of scents, textures and colors
Discovery Pavers and Hidden Walk: Educational pavers leading along a pathway with benches
Here is a video of the ground breaking, with a further description of the park, which is now opened.