Seattle Children's Hospital Opens a New Beach-Themed Outdoor Play Park

Today, Seattle Children’s Hospital celebrated “fun in the sun” with a new outdoor play park for patients and families. Vibrant colors accentuate the park’s beach theme that includes a water feature with turtle sculpture, a giant sandcastle, a bubble machine, and a maze of wheelchair-accessible toys.


Today, Seattle Children’s Hospital celebrated “fun in the sun” with a new outdoor play park for patients and families. Vibrant colors accentuate the park’s beach theme that includes a water feature with turtle sculpture, a giant sandcastle, a bubble machine, and a maze of wheelchair-accessible toys.

The park was funded and designed by the John L. Scott Foundation and built by Dillon Works of Mukilteo, Wash.

Designed to resemble a beach, the park is intended to be “a fanciful environment in which children can take a ‘vacation’ from their illness — even if only for a few minutes,” said J. Lennox Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate.

Scott added that the park was designed to accommodate the special health care needs of patients. Unique features range from a boat with wheelchair access to a freestanding castle with space for IV poles.

The child-friendly construction materials can be easily wiped down to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. “We worked closely with Children’s Hospital and Dillon Works to ensure that the health needs of the children were met while still creating as exciting and engaging an environment as possible,” said Scott.

“Families and patients tell us that a healing environment needs to include a sense of normalcy and connectedness to the everyday world. For most kids and teens, that means outdoor play,” said Lynel Westby, director of patient and family support services at Children’s Hospital.

Westby thanked donors and explained the park’s importance to the hospital. “The fun activities will help our patients cope with the stress of hospitalization and allow them the opportunity that all children need for positive expression and playful interaction with other kids.”

In addition to the John L. Scott Foundation contribution, the park was made possible by funds and in-kind donations from: the Friends of John L. Scott Guild, the Paccar Foundation, Rite Aid, Dillon Works, Sellen Construction, and Basketball Hoops Unlimited.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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