Universally accessible playground planned on the banks of the river Lansing

LANSING, me. –

Construction of the first universally accessible playground in Mid-Michigan will begin this fall at Adado Riverfront Park in downtown Lansing.

“There are many playgrounds in our community that are accessible, which means that children with a disability may be barrier-free. However, it is so important that an entire playground is universally accessible because every single piece of equipment is accessible to all children, no matter which one Skills they have, “said Laurie Baumer, executive vice president of the Capital Region Community Foundation.

Capital Area Community Foundation 2021

The playground is a project of the Capital Region Community Foundation in cooperation with the city of Lansing. It was carefully designed with input from the Disability Network, the Mid-Michigan Autism Association, and approximately 50 families with children with disabilities were asked for input on the design. The park will include not only people with physical, but also sensory and developmental disabilities.

There are sensory seekers and sensory avoiders

“There are sensory seekers and sensory avoiders,” said Baumer. “So there are quiet spaces when it gets too overwhelming for them. But for those looking for those seeking senses, there are games to play, there are tactile things, there are things that are musical … so any shape.” Stimulation at all levels is available.

She said the playground will have a ramp system that extends around the equipment to accommodate people using wheelchairs and walking aids.

“What excites me most about this playground is that not just one or two pieces of equipment are accessible, but the entire playground is accessible,” she said. “So you have children with a disability who play next to each other, children who are more typical and do not have as many challenges as others might.”

Adado Riverfront Park

Capital Area Community Foundation 2021

The project also includes a picnic deck, gazebo, barrier-free parking area, and universal riverside access for picnicking and fishing. The estimated cost is $ 1,500,000. To date, $ 700,000 has been raised, including $ 100,000 from the CASE Credit Union’s CASE Cares program. The Community Foundation compares all donations.

“So we’re on the right track, but we need more sponsors and we have a lot of naming options. The community can donate to this project and we need more donations. We have several other donations from individuals and donor pairs, and we have one Donation that still has to be named so that we can hopefully name it soon, “said Baumer.

The hope is that the project will be completed by summer 2022.

To donate to the project, you can donate online here.

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