The city of Nampa will seek City Council approval Monday, March 7, for the purchase and installation of an inclusive designed playground at Lions Park. The outdated equipment will be replaced with a state-of-the-art, universally accessible, playground for children of all ages regardless of physical, mental or developmental needs.
The manufacturer of the structure is Playworld, Inc., and the supplier is Recreation Today of Idaho, a local Nampa company. The cost of the playground structure is $380,794.41. Funding for the project will come from the city of Nampa FY 2016 Budget ($213,846.41), a Community Development Block Grant ($151,337) and a donation ($15,611) from Republic Services of Idaho.
“We greatly appreciate the generous donation from Republic Services to help fund this project,” Mayor Bob Henry said. “Seeing donation dollars at work to improve our community is inspiring.”
For over 40 years, Playworld, Inc., has made commercial play and fitness equipment to make “the world a more playful place.” The key features of the proposed playground include: a bonded, rubber safety surface, several universally accessible structures designed for physical/imaginative play and an interactive, aerobic-style electronic game.
In 2013, Recreation Today of Idaho, a subsidiary of Haemker Construction, Inc., and preferred distributor of Playworld playground equipment in Idaho, installed a similar universally accessible playground at West Park in Nampa.
“The playground at West Park has allowed children of all abilities to interact with each other building social skills and cultural acceptance,” Nampa Parks and Recreation Director Darrin Johnson said.
“It’s wonderful to see a community like Nampa fully embrace the notion that great outdoor play spaces are for everyone,” said Kimberly Haemker, project coordinator, Recreation Today of Idaho. “The equipment installed at these universally accessible playgrounds ensures area children and their families have increased access to equipment that meets their needs.”
The City Council meets Monday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.