posted on June 19, 2013 13:24
A unique playground for adults and child of all levels of ability has officially opened in the Town of Batavia.
The all-inclusive playground at the Town of Batavia Kiwanis Park held its ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday night.
It is a joint venture among the Town of Batavia, The Genesee ARC and the Batavia Kiwanis Club and was entirely privately financed.
“This is the only park that we’ve really seen in Western New York, New York State and even the Northeast that has specific design elements toward disabled people," Town Highway Superintendent Tom Lichtenthal said. "It’s really a collection of those different play elements where kids with abilities and disabilities can come and play together in a truly side-by-side relationship.”
Over $73,000 was contributed by 22 private donors to the project along with 450 hours of volunteer labor.
Lynn Houseknecht was on the project committee and says the park will live up to its name: inclusive.
“This is a public facility and it’s very unusual and much-needed for children to eb able to come and play among their peers and have the same experience and opportunities as kids who have not experienced any time in a wheelchair or any other disabilities, as well as adults to be able to come and spend time with their families. Our walkways are readily accessible for wheelchairs and it will be a really nice thing for everybody to be able to come and have a park experience together.”
The park is located on West Main St. Road directly across from the Batavia Town Hall.
The park is open to everyone.
You can see pictures of the park from the United Way Day of Caring last month when volunteers were putting the finishing touches on the playground and equipment.