Huntington Beach starts work on new playground

December 23, 2017 by  

After years of effort, Huntington Beach broke ground on a new all-inclusive playground that will be located at the corner of Pacific Coast highway and 9th. Members of the Rotary Club, the Kiwanis Club, and city officials were there, along with members of the public, to celebrate the achievement.

The idea for a playground that is accessible to all started in 2007, when the idea and the location were approved by both the city council and the Community Services Commission. The idea was that work would start on the playground once funds were available.

The project was put on the fiscal year 2015/16 Capital Improvement Project list. In 2016, the project received approval via a Coastal Development Permit process, but there was still not enough money to continue, until the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs stepped in.

Members of the two organizations raised funds. The Rotary Club donated $50,000, and the Kiwanis raised $25,000. These funds, plus what was already available, gave the city the money it needs.

The playground design is by Dave Bang & Associates, and will be able to accommodate people with all levels of ability. Access to the area will be from asphalt pathways that are already in place, and the surface of the play area will be rubberized and ADA-compliant to allow wheelchair access.

Projects like this are important to all, so city officials could work with a newsletter printing company to provide an update letter to residents.