At the November 6, 2017 City Council meeting, Mayor Delgleize celebrated with the Rotary Club of Huntington Beach and the Kiwanis Club of Huntington Beach for their generous donations to the city’s first ever All Inclusive Beach Playground. The idea of an accessible beach playground began in 2007. At that time, the Community Services Commission as well as the City Council approved the concept and location for the playground with understanding that the project would begin once funding became available.
Through a community effort, the project re-gained traction and was placed on the Capital Improvement Project list for fiscal year 2015/16. Staff then took the project through a Coastal Development Permit process and received entitlement approval in 2016. Although the City had already received a $40K donation from an individual community member, as well as a $5K recycling grant, funding for the project was lacking. The Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs of Huntington Beach championed the project and garnered the support of their members to come up with cash needed to fund the project. Rotary Club of Huntington Beach generously donated $50K and the Kiwanis Club of Huntington Beach was able to raise $25K toward the project. Those donations, together with City Park Funds closed the gap!
The playground can be accessed from existing pathways from parking areas and the beach path. The concept of the playground, created by Dave Bang Associates, Inc., is designed to be all-inclusive with the play units designed to provide accessibility and promote interactive play among children of all abilities. The entire playground will be surfaced with rubber surfacing as approved by the Americans with Disabilites Act, allowing complete accessibility.
The playground is anticipated to open in Spring 2018.
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