Cto. Bosques de Chapultepec, Bosque de Chapultepec II Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, 11100 Ciudad de México, CDMX
The government of Mexico City has been, in the past few decades, expanding its offer when it comes to open spaces that can provide its residents a chance to exercise or just entertain themselves in a vigorous and active way, this is especially true for its younger citizens, as the city is aware that fostering an active way of life early in their lives will determine their lifestyle and ultimately their health when they reach adulthood, besides the fact that any public administration knows that preventing health problems is way cheaper than treating diseases later on. With this being said, and even though most public parks in the city include a playground for children, one of the best options to take the kids for a good day of playing and monkeying around is the Parque la Tapatía, which also has the special caveat of being accessible for disabled children in wheelchairs.
The playground is located in the second section of the Bosque de Chapultepec (“Chapultepec Park”), just a few steps from the Lago Mayor (the biggest lake in the second section) and the Paseo de Los Compositores (The Musical Composers Walk), within the “Correr es Salud” circuit. The park is not very concurred as it’s somewhat removed from public transportation. Technically the closest Metro stations are from Línea 7, either “Constituyentes” or “Auditorio”, but it’s a good 30-minute walk, and probably not the best option for children, especially those in wheelchairs. An Uber ride can be quick and relatively inexpensive, and access is through the street Fernando Alencastre.
Once inside this big children’s area, you’ll find that it’s subdivided into 13 different playgrounds for children ages 2 to 12, and there’s even an inclusive swing for children in wheelchairs. All of the playgrounds have rubberized floors and are powered by solar energy. Most of the playsets offer a wheelchair-accessible design, and this is one of the best playground options for families with a child with disabilities. The Parque la Tapatía (Tapatía is the colloquial name usually given to people from Guadalajara) is open in the summertime from 9:00 am to 8:00 p.m. and during the winter from 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to this inclusive playground for all children is free.