LIMA — There’s a new feature at Lincoln Park that’s aimed at children of all ages and abilities.
The All Abilities Playground was dedicated Wednesday afternoon.
The playground is ramped for accessibility and has an artificial turf surface that provides opportunities for children and adults of all abilities to interact together through play. The playground also includes play structures to promote core strength, harnessed swings and a saucer swing that allows children to lay flat to experience the sensation of swinging.
“We have a wonderful facility here in Lincoln Park,” said David Berger, mayor of Lima. “I think it’s already proven itself because of the number of families that are already here most of the time. Even before it was done, we had family members who were playing on these new facilities, so we know it’s going to be a magnet of activity.”
The city announced an effort a few years ago to renew all of the city park’s playground facilities.
“We’ve been on an effort to try to put together resources from public and private sources. We’ve succeeded in doing that in a number of places. We still have lots to do but we had really terrific partners here in Lincoln Park,” said Berger.
Lima Memorial Health System was a big part of making the All Abilities Playground a reality.
“I wanted to say thanks to the city, David and Rick, for the vision to be able to do things like this for the community because you know what? It’s a great opportunity for us to partner, as the mayor said. The public-private sector working together can do a lot of things in this community,” said Mike Swick, president and CEO of Lima Memorial Health System. “We’re excited about being a partner with this in terms of what we’ve got. We think it’s great for the Children’s Development Center for the kids, the Abilities Park, one of the first in the greater Lima region and we were glad that they came to us and asked us to be part of the partnership.”
The effort to put this together was a cooperative one.
“I want to thank our design team. They were instrumental in helping us pick the companies to move forward with and the location and they shared our vision in the design,” said Ric Stolly, deputy works director, who oversees the Division of Parks and Recreation.
Expect more improvements to Lincoln Park in the future.
“We’re planning some additional improvements with the train exhibit, so I think this general neighborhood is going to be much more alive with folks as a result,” added Berger.
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