ADA-Accessible Playground Equipment to Be Installed at Anderson Snow Park
The county’s parks and recreation department plans to place $250,000 in its capital improvement project budget each year for the next five to 10 years to replace older playground equipment at other county parks to help make Hernando County more accessible for everyone.
SPRING HILL – The Hernando County Commission on Tuesday (June 23) unanimously voted to approve the purchase of Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible playground equipment for Anderson Snow Park.
The park is at 1360 Anderson Snow Road in Spring Hill.
The awarded company, BCI Burke Co., in coordination with Top Line Recreation, made the best offer, officials said, because it met the needs of Hernando County residents, ADA considerations and the county’s budget. The contract was awarded at a cost of $189,998.94.
“Anderson Snow Park’s ground cover was predominately sand, and that made it difficult for children utilizing wheelchairs and walkers to reach the playground equipment,” said Harry Johnson, Hernando County Parks and Recreation manager. “A local mom brought these shortcomings to our attention in February 2019 when her daughter was unable to enjoy our park equipment with the same ease as the other children and my staff and I jumped at the opportunity to work on this project.”
The new equipment includes equipment aimed at creating a universally inclusive playground specifically designed for kids of all abilities:
- ADA-accessible volta
- ADA-accessible kidforce spinner
- ADA-accessible freedom seat
- ADA-accessible artificial turf
- ADA-certified mulch
Parks and Recreation plans to place $250,000 in its capital improvement project budget each year for the next five to 10 years to replace older playground equipment at other Hernando parks to help make the county more accessible for all to enjoy.
“We are excited for these much-needed improvements to be made around our community,” said John Mitten, chair of the Hernando County Commission. “We want children of all abilities to be able to enjoy our parks and this approval gets us one step closer to that goal.”
The installation of the equipmentis expected to be finished before the end of 2020.
Contact Parks and Recreation at (352) 754-4027 or Recreation@HernandoCounty.us for more information.
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