Playground Overview

This playground plan incorporates landscape and structural components designed by three local and award-winning playground design firms. Throughout the design process, accessibility professionals and advocates were consulted to ensure that landscape elements and play structures would create an inclusive and engaging playscape for all children.

Accessibility barriers that are incorporated into many traditional playgrounds were carefully addressed in the design. Slope angles, surfacing, railings, and special equipment were meticulously designed and deliberately selected, and practical features like bathrooms were planned taking many special needs into consideration.

Slight changes continue to be made to this design to provide you with the best possible play experience, and we look forward to beginning the build of this exciting project in fall of 2018!

 
 

FEATURE HIGHLIGHT

The accessible berm starts at ground level at the bottom of these diagrams and slowly moves up to 5 feet of elevation. Slides are built into the berm, along with pathside seating areas and an overlook of the lake at the end. The pinnacle provides children in wheelchairs with a vantage point they infrequently experience.

Serpentine Berm

Playground Features

 School-Age Play Structure: Built from steel and recycled plastic.  The structure provides wide pathways for children of all abilities.  

School-Age Play Structure: Built from steel and recycled plastic.  The structure provides wide pathways for children of all abilities.  

 Splash Pad: The new splash pad will conserve water and provide more opportunities for play.

Splash Pad: The new splash pad will conserve water and provide more opportunities for play.

  • A new, accessible splash pad that will conserve water.
  • Specially designed school-age and pre-school play structures.
  • An accessible berm  that provides children a starting point for exciting play experiences for all children.
  • The use of native plants and sustainable building materials and site design strategies to make the playground a model for green playground design.
  • Educational opportunities to interpret the natural environment of the park – the vegetation, birds, fish and wildlife that make this site so special.
  • Natural play areas including a music garden and sand play area.
  • Numerous swings and climbing structures, shaded seating areas and many benches for relaxing.
  • New accessible bathrooms and changing stalls adjacent to the playground and carousel.
  • A restored and accessible Carousel (completed).
  • Accessible walkways and paths linking to the Cayuga Waterfront Trail and other areas of the park and Ithaca’s waterfront.