Springfield Opens First-Ever Accessible Playground With Sensory Features

Springfield Opens First-Ever Accessible Playground With Sensory Features

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – After 3 years of planning and grants, the city of Springfield along with the Springfield Parks & Recreation dept opened its first accessible/inclusive playground with sensory features Saturday morning along with the official opening of the Splash-Pad at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. (MAP)

The new facility is a model inclusive playground with sensory features that allows children of differing ability levels to play together. The grounds and section of the equipment are wheelchair accessible. Watch our video report above to get a good look at this incredible new facility.

The playground is part of a larger project partially funded by a Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grant of $500,000 that was awarded to the Springfield Parks & Recreation Department. The full project includes a walking trail and two multi-purpose fields with bleachers at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Construction will be completed later this year on those additions.

The city also officially opened the splash pad for the summer season. The splash pad will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through August 1 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 2 until the end of the season.

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Splash Pad Hours/Rules:

Hours of operation vary by season:
Memorial Day Weekend – August 1st, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
August 2nd – Season Close 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Picnic Shelter (adjacent to Splash Pad) available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The splash pad is an unsupervised facility. Use at your own risk.
All children must have adult supervision at all times.
Children under the age of ten (10) must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older at all times
All participants must conduct themselves in a courteous, safe and family-oriented manner
No food or drink permitted on the splash pad
No glass containers are permitted in the park area
Climbing on splash pad features are strictly prohibited
No pets are allowed on the splash pad
Non-toilet trained children must wear swim diapers
Roughhousing or violent play is prohibited
Be mindful of inclement weather. Remember, “lightning Kills”
Splash pad shall be vacated at the first sign of thunder or lightning
Splash pad may be closed occasionally due to weather, maintenance or other operational concerns
No water balloons permitted in the park
Do not enter the splash pad area if you have a communicable disease or an open wound
No skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles, scooters, or other wheeled toys are allowed on the splash pad
No diaper changing within the splash pad area. Use changing tables in restrooms
The splash pad is for recreational use only. No bathing allowed
Water shoes or sandals are recommended
Toys are not permitted on the splash pad
Do not drink the splash pad water
Surveillance cameras recording at all times
ANY PERSON VIOLATING ANY OF THE INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE EVICTED FROM THE PARK

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