“Universally Accessible Playground” in Lewiston Sure to Get Kids Excited to Stand on the Ground

Empty playground. Maine news from The Rumford Meteor

Empty playground. Maine news from The Rumford Meteor“Daddy can play with me in the water,” noted five-year-old Isabel Hayes upon hearing that Lewiston’s forthcoming universally accessible playground at Marcotte Park would have a wheelchair-accessible water feature as part of a sensory rock wall. Her parents, Erin and Ben Hayes, spoke at the playground plan unveiling due to Ben’s experiencing a spinal cord injury in 2007. With Isabel’s reaction to what she was seeing and hearing, Erin explained to attendees that “she’s only 5 years old, and she gets it,” while Ben shared that the accessible playground would enable him to be more engaged with his daughter when they play together.In the fall of 2011, Lewiston was a regional winner of a Shane’s Inspiration/Landscape Structures contest, resulting in the awarding to the City of $10,000 in universally accessible playground equipment and $50,000 in playground design, development, and “Together We Are Able” educational programming. (read more at the Twin City Times)