Universally Accessible Playground - Let's Make It a Reality!
The City of Lewiston is a regional winner of a Shane's Inspiration/Landscape Structures contest resulting in $10,000 in universally accessible playground equipment and $50,000 in playground design, development, and Together We Are Able educational programming. The project has been endorsed by the Lewiston City Council.
The City and stakeholders have worked with Shane’s to produce an original design for the first such playground in Maine! The playground theme is “The River,” which was decided upon due to Lewiston’s commitment to the development of Riverfront Island and enhancement of multi-use access to the Androscoggin River.
To complete the project, however, sponsorships are needed for pieces of equipment and/or play areas. The accessible equipment will be fun to use by both able-bodied children, as well as those with mobility, physical, emotional, and developmental disabilities. The project’s informational/sponsorship packet can be found at this link: Sponsorship Packet
Lewiston’s new inclusive playground/parking will be barrier free. The ground surfaces will be smooth and level so that those with physical limitations won’t have to abandon their support devices. The playground will be sensory rich providing stimulation for children and adults with visual and developmental challenges. It will create an attractive, meaningful space with multiple opportunities for all, regardless of physical or sensory development, for unified play in a diverse environment.
Areas of the playground will include: a Riverfront Rock Wall, the Sensory Rock, Animal Sculptures, Sound Garden, Spinner Alley, Embankment Fun, and Tree Canopy Swings-all incorporating the river and colors, rocks, animals, and fish local to this area.
Stakeholders that have been involved with the project include: The Hayes Family, Lewiston Public Schools, Lewiston Police Department, Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care, The Visible Community, First Step Child Development Services, The Margaret Murphy Center for Children, Sandcastle Clinical and Educational Services, Healthy Androscoggin, Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, and the Maine Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Contributions to this project are tax-deductible. Contributions may be made payable to our fiscal sponsor, Tri-County Mental Health Services, with "playground project" in the note and mailed to Tri-County Mental Health Services, P.O. Box 2008, Lewiston ME 04241.
For additional information on Shane’s Inspiration: Shane's Inspiration