Universally Accessible Playground Moves Ahead in Lansing

LANSING, Mich. — The area’s first universally accessible playground will be set up in Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing now that the Community Foundation has reached its $2.2 million fundraising goal to begin construction.

“We raised $1.1 million and then the Community Foundation matched it dollar for dollar,” said Community Foundation Executive Vice President Laurie Baumer.

The goal of this 10,000 square foot playground is to promote inclusivity for children of all abilities.

“The only one of its kind within an hour’s drive,” Baumer said. “We don’t have a universally accessible playground in this whole area. That’s something very different for this community. park will be accessible to children and families with disabilities of all kinds.”

The 66,000 square foot park, called Play Lansing!, will also have a picnic deck, pavilion, barrier-free parking and universal access to the Grand River for viewing, picnics and fishing.

“So it will definitely be a destination for families to make a day out of it,” Baumer said.

But will the $2.2 million they raised be enough? Baumer said they are preparing for increased costs due to labor and material shortages.

“We still need additional funding, as we anticipate these costs to increase, as we see with construction projects these days,” Baumer said. “We have not yet been informed of the probable increase in our budget.”

Baumer said they had enough to get the project started, but were still looking for additional donations.

“Anyone can donate,” Baumer said. “Individuals, families, businesses, civic groups.”

The Community Foundation continues to match donations dollar for dollar and hopes to have the project completed by early fall this year.

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