The Arc Lane County unveils plans for accessible park in Springfield

The Arc Lane County revealed its plans for a fully accessible and inclusive park.

Posted: May 14, 2019 11:01 AM
Updated: May 14, 2019 11:30 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Arc Lane County has revealed plans for a fully accessible and inclusive park. 

Officials with the nonprofit said 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 project carries a price tag of $2 million. The nonprofit plans to build the park on a 1.75-acre property at 4181 E St. in Springfield.

“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 attended a community breakfast Tuesday morning to share stories of why a safe and inclusive park is needed and how this outdoor space will benefit their families and the community. A 3D rendering of the park, created by Schirmer Satre Group landscape architects, was also set to be unveiled at the event.

The park will include ADA-accessible play structures, a theatrical castle with an expansive stage, 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 and will build the park in three different phases. The first phase of the park will be built in spring 2020.

If you would like to donate, click here.

The Arc Lane County provides services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families living in Lane County. 


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