What organizations will support this playground project?:
Kiwanis Club of Buffalo, Orchard Park Kiwanis, Niagara Frontier South Division New York District Kiwanis International, American Legion Orchard Park Post 567, Community Services for Every1, Erie County Office for People with Disabilities, Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, Erie County Capital funds, Homes for Autism Foundation, the IDEA Center- State University of New York at Buffalo, Lawley Insurance, Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce, People Inc., Polymer Conversions, Gerald F. and Karen Reger Family Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds/Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Sensational Fun, Inc. State Assembly Pat Burke, and Visit Buffalo Niagara
How will you ensure your playground is ready to be installed by Kiwanis One Day 2020?:
A Playground for All at Chestnut Ridge Park is expected to cost about $450,000. To date $363,768
has been committed in cash and in-kind contributions. Because of the support of the regional
community, we are confident it will be completed by 2021.
Please feel free to include additional comments about your application.:
Parks are where children make important connections – with family, peers, nature and healthy play.
An inclusive playground, based on universal design principles, will make the park available to people of all
abilities, including children with special needs. A Playground for All will make Chestnut Ridge Park a place where all are welcome.
In a space where everyone can play together, the sensory rich environment enables kids to develop
physically, socially and emotionally and engage in inspired play. The play structures will provide
experiences that involve movement and balance, proprioceptive challenges for muscle coordination,
and a combination of tactile, visual and auditory opportunities.
The design includes a main structure for 5 – 12-year olds, a smaller structure for 2 – 5-year olds, and
other free-standing elements that encourage physical activity and socialization. Surfacing materials
will allow for ease of access for any mobility devices, while meeting all safety and regulatory
requirements. The main structure has a variety of play experiences and several entrance points for
children using wheelchairs or walkers. The structure for younger children is designed to develop
balance and coordination skills. Free standing elements shared by all ages include a collection of
swings, spinners, We-saws (an adaptive seesaw) and areas for quiet play, where children can
explore music, colors, letters and numbers, all of which supports sensory and cognitive development.
A Playground for All welcomes all children, of all abilities, at all stages of development and all levels
of engagement to Erie County’s most popular park, Chestnut Ridge. Erie County Parks Department will keep this wonderful addition in good repair as part of the regular Chestnut Ridge maintenance regimen. All sponsors, including Kiwanians, will keep an eye on it as it is used daily throughout the year.