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State-of-the-art park will be the only fully accessible and inclusive park in the Pacific Northwest
Springfield, Ore. — May 7, 2019 — The Arc Lane County will unveil its plans for a fully accessible and inclusive park at a community breakfast on Tues., May 14 at 7:30 a.m. at Along Came Trudy, located at 1486 18th St. in Springfield.
The Arc Park will provide people of all ages and all abilities the freedom and safety to explore, play, imagine, and dream big together. The $2 million dollar project will be one of the only inclusive and fully accessible parks in the Pacific Northwest. The park will be built on 1.75 acre property at 4181 E St. in Springfield.
Major companies like Comcast and Lane Forest Products have made valuable contributions to lay the groundwork for this welcoming and accessible outdoor space.
“The Arc Park connects people of every age and every ability to new possibilities and endless fun,” says Rebecca Brown, director of community impact for Comcast. “We are excited to be a part of this community building project and look forward to working together towards a brighter future.”
Parents of children with special needs will attend the breakfast to share stories of why a safe and inclusive park is needed in Lane County, and how this outdoor space will be of benefit to their families and the community at large. A 3D rendering of the park, created by Schirmer Satre Group landscape architects, will also be unveiled at the event.
The park will include something for everyone to enjoy, including ADA-accessible play structures, a theatrical castle with expansive stage for imaginative play and community events, smooth pathways for easy transitions for people who use wheelchairs, water and sand play areas, family-friendly restrooms, picnic areas and sensory areas with interactive activities.
The Arc is currently fundraising for this state-of-the-art project and will build the park in three different phases. The first phase of the park will be built in spring 2020.
The Arc Lane County, a grassroots nonprofit, provides services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families living in Lane County. The mission of The Arc is to advocate to enhance the dignity, expand the opportunities, and protect the rights of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc envisions a world in which all persons have the support they need for personal development, independence, and interdependence with family and friends, and inclusion in the community. Learn more about The Arc Lane County at www.arclane.org.