Mayor Morán and city officials gathered Monday afternoon to dedicate the newly completed 3rd and Spruce All Abilities Playground, marking a significant stride towards inclusivity and community engagement in the heart of the city.
With a total project cost of $479,600, the playground became a reality through a combination of funding sources, including a substantial $250,000 grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), $150,000 from Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, and $79,600 from the City Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
This transformative initiative repurposed previously vacant land to craft a dynamic play space that caters to children of all physical abilities. The playground features four levels of wheelchair-accessible play, offering an inclusive environment for children of varying abilities.
Designed with a keen focus on inclusivity, the 3rd and Spruce All Abilities Playground boasts two elevated platforms that add an adventurous touch, providing challenges suitable for children at different levels of physical ability. The playground’s features include swings, six different slides, a rock wall, climbers, multiple game elements, and canopies that provide shade for active play.
One standout feature is the Pour In Place play surface, meticulously crafted to reflect the Autism Awareness logo. The surface incorporates puzzle pieces and a variety of colors, symbolizing the complexity and diversity of the Autism spectrum.
“This playground stands as a beacon among the improvements to the 3rd & Spruce Recreation complex. We didn’t just renovate this place folks, we reimagined it. Creating a place like this playground enriches the lives of all residents” said Moran. “On a deeply personal note, this project resonates with me as a father. My son Danny is here to grace us with his brilliance of navigating the world with the unique perspective of a person on the autism spectrum. That’s why this was so special for me.”
As families and children explore the new playground, it’s clear that the 3rd and Spruce All Abilities Playground is not just a recreational space but a symbol of the city’s dedication to fostering inclusivity, playfulness, and community spirit.