New Fully Accessible Family Recreation Center and Spray Park
Many of us have childhood memories of long summer days spent climbing trees, playing on swings and seesaws, and never giving a thought to how we’d take our next step. That’s not the case for many children and their families who because of disabilities find that parks and playgrounds are out of bounds for them.
That’s about to change and I’m very pleased that Lee District will soon be the site of the first fully accessible outdoor recreation area insouth Fairfax County. (Currently, Clemyjontri Park in McLean is the only other fully accessible park in the County’s park system.)
In April, we broke ground at Lee District Park for the Lee District Family Recreation Area and Our Special Harbor Spray Park. The family recreation area will engage children in physical activity and spark their imagination through a fully-accessible tree house and a spray park, called Our Special Harbor, donated by the Joey Pizzano Memorial Foundation—created to improve the lives of children with special needs. The spray park will feature water sprayed from fanciful structures in the form of animals, flowers, and other creative shapes, providing children with safe water activities and fun on hot summer days.
The family recreation center will include a treehouse that overlooks a forest and stream valley and incorporates gently sloping ramps to make it fully accessible to children and adults in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. The family recreation center will include a fully-accessible carousel, a picnic area with covered shelters, and a playground specially designed for all children, including those with disabilities. The first phase of the project will be completed by the end of 2011. Later phases will include a playground, a fully accessible classic carousel, and a family picnic area with covered shelters. We were able to build this unique park without any County General Fund dollars. The $2,175,000 million first phase of the project is funded through a generous $1.2 million contribution from the Joey Pizzano Foundation, the 2008 Fairfax County Park bond, and private donations.
More information about this project is available from the Fairfax County Park Foundation (703)-324-8581 or www.fairfaxparkfoundation.org/.
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