EAST WENATCHEE — Now nearly every playground visitor can swoosh on swings and make merry on a merry-go-round.
Eastmont Metropolitan Parks and Recreation unveils what it says is the first Wenatchee Valley playground built to specifications of the American Disabilities Act at a ribbon cutting set for 3:30 p.m. Friday at Kenroy Park.
“This is an exciting project that we think can provide a lot of people with a lot of fun,” said Parks Director Sally Brawley.
The $75,000 addition to Kenroy Park provides three ADA-approved pieces of playground equipment — a new set of swings, a Merry-Go-All handicapped-accessible merry-go-round and an arch swing (similar to the traditional tire swing). All three pieces are set on a base mat of thick rubber to protect users from injury if they fall.
The project grew from the replacement of an outdated set of swings in the park, said Brawley. “We looked at what was possible — a full-use, ADA-approved design — and decided that if we were going to do this, we’d do it right.”
Build-out money was supplemented, she said, by $25,000 in grants from the Community Foundation of North Central Washington and the Chelan Douglas Developmental Disabilities, and also by in-kind donations from local contractors.
Still to come, said Brawley, are pathways for easier wheelchair access and Kenroy Park’s first parking, set for construction in the spring.
Kenroy Park is at the corner of North James Avenue and 8th Street N.E. in East Wenatchee.