Edgewood City Council saw a presentation on a new playground to replace a 15 year old one in Presidents Park that does not comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
Josh Wagner of Miracle Playground showed off a new play area centered around a 14-foot square. Tower with slides and ladder and other platforms with slides and climbing areas.
Wagner said he paid a lot of attention to children’s sensory experiences, especially those who may be on the autism spectrum. He suggested adding textures, music, mirrors and spinners to parts of the playground.
The plan also includes a baby section for the little ones who crawl as well as babies.
Another area would be partially shaded and offer parents and grandparents a rest stop.
The entire playground would be ADA compliant.
The surface of the playground would be made of compressed rubber over four inches of stone so that it could be easily patched. There would be signs stating that high-heeled shoes and cleats are banned from the surface to protect them.
The city has not yet given a firm commitment to the project, but if it does, it could be completed by the end of the year.
Elsewhere, a representative from St. Elizabeth Healthcare reported on the progress of the new orthopedic building under construction that houses the Heritage Plaza near the Dixie Highway.
St. Elizabeth bought the property and the new 24,000 square foot lot. ft. surgery center in collaboration with OrthoCincy.
The building will be eligible for Industrial Revenue Bonds, and the building on the six acre site will cost $ 12 million, with an additional $ 8 million for equipment.
It should be ready in the first quarter of next year.
The city’s Independence Day activities all happen on July 3, starting with a 5K run at 7:30 a.m., followed by a parade at 9:30 a.m. At 7.30 p.m. there will be a concert in Freedom Park with the Derrick Alan Band and fireworks at dusk.
-Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
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