Shane's Inspiration

Griffith Park 4800 Crystal Springs Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027

(818) 988-5676


Flagship of over 40 universally accessible playgrounds in the Western US and the largest in the nation; developed to allow children with disabilities and without to play with and learn from each other.

Place Information

  • Place Category

    Playspaces, Parks

  • Place Cost Free
  • Place Hours
    Sunday 6:00am - 10:00pm
    Monday 6:00am - 10:00pm
    Tuesday 6:00am - 10:00pm
    Wednesday 6:00am - 10:00pm
    Thursday 6:00am - 10:00pm
    Friday 6:00am - 10:00pm
    Saturday 6:00am - 10:00pm

Word on the Street

Located between the Merry-Go-Round and the Old Zoo in Griffith Park is a lovely playground known as Shane's Inspiration. Named after Shane Williams, who died of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, it is the first West Cast Universally Accessible Playground created by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The 2-acre playground has several unique structures. These include the Lucky Star Chaser (a space shuttle for jetting through space), The Airplane (featuring a talk-tube radio so young pilots can communicate with the control tower) and Ronald's Ship of Dreams (a sea vessel just waiting to set sail on a search for buried treasure). Each structure is perfect for children of all abilities to develop their sense of imaginative play. Shane's Inspiration also features accessible slides and swings for children with mobility challenges. And to help all kids protect their knees and elbows from scrapes, the entire playground area is covered in a rubberized surface.Just to the side of the playground is the Old Zoo picnic area, perfect for lunching. You'll also find fully accessible restrooms and a parking lot right next to the playground for easy access. The playground gets busy during the weekend so be prepared for that... and be prepared to run into folks selling ice cream and overpriced trinkets.  Shane's Inspiration is also home to Shane's Club, a free club for children of all abilities that meets once a month. On these monthly play dates, Shane's Club provides face-painting, arts & crafts and snacks. The schedule is available online at the official site, and if you sign up, you'll receive a monthly reminder postcard about the next event. 

Shane's Inspiration: From the Parents


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