Kenosha Dream Playground at Petzke Park

kids playing at Kenosha Dream Playground at Petzke Park
kids playing at Kenosha Dream Playground at Petzke Park
kids playing at Kenosha Dream Playground at Petzke Park

As Kenosha’s first fully accessible playground, the Dream Playground at Petzke Park is a one-of-a-kind 15,000 square foot space for children of all abilities to play side-by-side. Built by a crew of more than 3,000 volunteers in 2015, it now welcomes visitors of all ages to play, dream and be inspired.

The playground is surrounded by a smooth, rubber surface for safe and easy navigation, and a continual ramping system that guides children to a myriad of things to do. The Liberty Swing, a therapeutic key-activated wheelchair swing is one of many highlights at the playground, as well as high-back swings and a unique round swing. The Dream Playground also features a wheelchair accessible merry-go-round, monkey bars, climbing walls and slides in varying heights and configurations to offer creative play for everyone. Activity centers throughout the space include whimsical musical instruments, mosaic artwork, and braille and sign language displays. You’ll also find a number of fun replicas of Kenosha icons including two lighthouses, a ship, streetcar and an AMC Rambler car.

The playground has two distinct play areas. The tot lot is designed for children under the age of 5 and the other side is designed for older children. The playground has one entrance and is surrounded by engraved pickets that people purchased.

"The playground was funded by the community, built by the community and will be enjoyed by the community for many years to come." - Tammy J. Conforti, Founder and President of the Kenosha Dream Playground.

The Kenosha Dream Playground Project kicked off in 2012, led by efforts by resident Tammy J. Conforti. Conforti and a team of volunteers partnered with the Kenosha Achievement Center to raise funds. Project organizers worked with the City of Kenosha to develop the playground at Petzke Park, as part of the city's master plan for that park. Individuals and corporate sponsors raised more than $650,000, with the City providing an additional $350,000 for the playground alone. The City's funds were received through an estate donation from Mr. Franklin Tess. Mr. Tess was a lifelong Kenoshan, who upon his death gifted the City of Kenosha funds for a children's playground. The playground opened October 10, 2015.

See updates about park events on the listed Facebook page.

Located at 31st Street & 14th Avenue on Kenosha’s north side, Petzke Park is a City of Kenosha park.

Park Amenities At-A-Glance:

  • Acres: 15
  • Adjacent Lake/River/Stream/Pond
  • Shelter/Building
  • Playground

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