The City and stakeholders have worked with Shane’s to produce an original design for the first such playground in Lewiston and New England! The playground theme is “The River,” which was decided upon due to Lewiston’s commitment to the development of Riverfront Island and enhancement of multi-use access to the Androscoggin River.
To complete the project, however, sponsorships are needed for pieces of equipment and/or play areas. The accessible equipment will be fun to use by both able-bodied children, as well as those with mobility, physical, emotional, and developmental disabilities. The project’s informational/sponsorship packet: Sponsorship Packet
Lewiston’s new inclusive playground/parking will be barrier free. The ground surfaces will be smooth and level so that those with physical limitations won’t have to abandon their support devices. The playground will be sensory rich providing stimulation for children and adults with visual and developmental challenges. It will create an attractive, meaningful space with multiple opportunities for all, regardless of physical or sensory development, for unified play in a diverse environment.
Areas of the playground will include: a Riverfront Rock Wall, the Sensory Rock, Animal Sculptures, Sound Garden, Spinner Alley, Embankment Fun, and Tree Canopy Swings—all incorporating the river and colors, rocks, animals, and fish local to this area.
Stakeholders that have been involved with the project include: The Hayes Family, Lewiston Public Schools, Lewiston Police Department, Androscoggin Head Start & Child Care, The Visible Community, First Step Child Development Services, The Margaret Murphy Center for Children, Sandcastle Clinical and Educational Services, Healthy Androscoggin, Central Mane Heart & Vascular Institute, and Maine Division for the Blind & Visually Impaired.