In spring 2010, a detailed feasibility study for a new 24,000 square foot, handicap-accessible facility on 4.7 acres of land was completed for ARC’s Infant and Child Development Services, After School Care, Adult Day Support programs as well as the Administrative offices.
In a continued effort to develop the site to its full potential, the ARC has set out on the ambitious dream to create a universally accessible playground and park on the site. LPDA and the Arc engaged individuals with disabilities, families, staff and other community stakeholders in an intensive planning process to determine their needs and desires for a playground and park. LPDA prepared a detailed feasibility study which defined form, function, materials, cost and phasing. The park design accommodates a variety of activities, events and features. The focus is on inclusive play, learning and skill development. A variety of elements support the parks programming, including play areas, kids stage, tunnels, water walls, sensory walls, sensory gardens, greenhouse, tree house, swings, and athletic areas. Extensive native landscaping, natural play elements and sustainable features are integrated into the design. Environmental stewardship, interaction, and sensory engagement are core themes of the park.