Thank you for visiting our "We Play Together" All-Ability and Universally-Accessible Playground page. Here you will find the details about this project as we get closer and closer to building this wonderful playground.
The dream started in 2018 when the Centre Region Parks and Recreation Agency wrote a grant for funding to match the $300,000 of playground funding available in the park's construction budget. The Agency submitted a $300,000 request to the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for a larger and more accessible playground than what was in the original park master plan. The dream included not only standard playground equipment that you see at any park, but adaptive equipment that will allow children with disabilities to play with their family and friends! The Agency was awarded this grant in December 2018 and has been busy ever since finalizing the design and selection of equipment.
At this time, the design and site layout are approximately 90-95% complete. Included on this page are some of the site renderings showing the area for 2-5 yr. olds, the area for the 5-12 yr. olds, and the combined area for multiple ages and abilities. We've also included some photos of the equipment selections that have been made to date.
Most recently, we've had a Boy Scout Troop and one of their Eagle Scout Candidates, Tyler Metzel, (Boy Scout Troop 32, an Agency "Parks Partner") step forward with a plan to build a sensory garden next to our "We Play Together" playground. Tyler, his scout leaders, and other scouts recognize this community's need for this very special playground and desire to enhance everyone's experiences. A sensory garden provides opportunities for people of all ages to rest, recharge, relax, and rejuvenate. There will be something for every sense whether is the pleasant aromas and textures of the plants and flowers, or the calming touch of green grass, or the colorful bounty of play equipment, or even the musical notes played on the homemade instruments! Tyler, his scout leaders, and his fellow Troop 32 members are very excited to be designing the sensory garden; Tyler and his leaders are preparing to finalize his Eagle Scout Project Proposal so that it can be submitted for approval in 2020. We are very excited to have him and Scout Troop 32 as part of our playground team.
The timeline for this playground is tied to the development of Phase I of Whitehall Road Regional Park. The plan currently includes ground-breaking in late March/early April of 2020 with the playground work scheduled for late summer/early fall. The park most likely will open in Spring of 2021.
If you'd like more information about the playground or want to provide some feedback, please contact the Agency using this LINK.