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City of Southfield to hold dedication ceremony for new universally accessible Play Farm at Inglenook Park

The city of Southfield will host a dedication ceremony for the new universally accessible “Play Farm” playground at Inglenook Park, located on west Twelve Mile Road between Lahser and Evergreen Roads, on Wednesday, June 21 at 6 p.m.

The ceremony will include remarks from Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, City Council President Sylvia Jordan, and representatives from W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Boundless Playgrounds, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The new play area will then be officially opened to the public following a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The “Play Farm” was made possible through grants from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund administered through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Kellogg Foundation is supporting a statewide effort in Michigan to help communities build fully integrated, universally accessible playgrounds and recreation facilities and raise awareness about the benefits of children of all abilities playing together. The Able to Play project is a special effort to construct 19 barrier-free playgrounds throughout Michigan. The project is coordinated by the National Center for Boundless playgrounds of Bloomfield, Connecticut, which received the multi-million dollar grant. This, in turn, is funding the Able to Play challenge grants and technical, design, and support services.

The Play Farm at Inglenook Park consists of farm-themed play equipment, including tractor bouncers, animal cutouts and an enormous playscape that has red barn top roofs throughout. The new Play Farm will be the largest playground in the city, complimenting the existing fitness trails, ball diamonds and the restored Miller Barn at the 42-acre Inglenook Park. The safety fall zones surrounding the play equipment are covered by a combination of rubber and wood fiber safety surfacing. The Play Farm exceeds federal standards for accessibility, allowing children of all abilities an opportunity to play together. Federal guidelines require that 50 percent of a playground's elevated structure be accessible. By comparison, a "Boundless Playground" requires that at least 70 percent of play activities serve children with physical disabilities, allowing for greater "integration" of all children.

The dedication ceremony is open to the public. For more information, call Merrie Carlock, Southfield Landscape Architect/Park Planner, at (248) 796-4618.

Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2006 (Archive on Thursday, June 22, 2006)