PROJECT: Inclusive Playground at Tierra Rejada Park
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Moorpark City Council has had a goal for a number of years of providing the community with an Inclusive Playground that would provide recreation features and design elements that appeal to individuals of all abilities, including those with mobility, cognitive, developmental, sight and hearing impairments. The vision is for a community space that encourages individuals of all abilities to interact and play in an inclusive, fun, nonsegregated setting.
A major hurdle for the inclusive playground project is funding. Inclusive playgrounds can cost from $750,000 to many millions of dollars. Currently, there is an opportunity to apply for a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF grant funds can be used for renovations or additions to existing parks, including construction of playgrounds. For this project, the City is considering converting the existing playground area at Tierra Rejada Park into an Inclusive Playground.
Last year the City began outreach to collect public input on this project. City staff began collaborating with playground, landscape and civil engineers to develop the concept for the Inclusive Playground. Public forum and on-site stakeholder meetings were held in December of 2019 to gather public input on the project design. An online survey was also released to collect public preferences regarding the Inclusive Playground’s theme and features. Based on the results of the public input process, the following elements were selected to guide the design process:
The following artist renderings represent early-stage conceptual designs for the project:
- Concept Art -
Inclusive Playground Bridge, Tube Slide, Tactile Wall, Spinners and Other Amenities.
- Concept Art -
Inclusive Playground Overhead Layout
The development and construction timeline of the inclusive playground weighs heavily on the receipt of the grant funds for this project. We should know if we receive the grant funds by September 2020 and if we receive the funds, the playground would be under construction by the end of Winter 2020. If we are not successful in obtaining the grant funding, staff will be on the hunt for alternative funding sources to bring the project to fruition.
Community Services Manager