North Port: Take online survey to provide ideas for equipment at future boundless playground
“We hope that residents will take a few moments to fill out the online survey and share their ideas and preferences,” said Sandy Pfundheller, Interim General Services Director. “Gaining feedback from the public on the conceptual design and amenities will give us an opportunity to make enhancements and incorporate suggestions that we might not have thought about.”
The survey will be online until Friday, June 30, 2017, and it is estimated to take 10 minutes to complete.
A boundless playground is designed for all children, including those with physical, developmental, cognitive, and sensor disabilities. The playground equipment allows children of all ages to experience independent, self-directed play. The City will be building the playground at the Garden of Five Senses off Pan American Boulevard.
The City’s General Services Department’s Parks and Recreation Division has been working with the City’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on a concept for the playground. During a City Commission meeting earlier this year, the North Port City Commission gave staff direction to present the current plan to the community and gain further feedback from those who would like to use the park.
A workshop was hosted in May in which the public provided feedback. Staff also spoke to T-REC program participants about their vision of the playground. The T-REC Coalition of Sarasota County consists of eight local community agencies working together to provide organized therapeutic recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Each month, the City of North Port offers T-REC programs at the George Mullen Activity Center and local parks.
“This playground is going to be a wonderful addition to our parks system and we are very excited about expanding opportunities for inclusive play in North Port,” Pfundheller said. “The online survey provides one more way for people to get involved and provide ideas about the development of this new playground.”
For more information about the City’s parks system, contact the Parks and Recreation Division at (941) 429-7275.
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