Construction is underway on the new playground to be built behind the Red Brick Municipal Building on North Fourth and Onondaga streets.
“I’m very excited that construction of the new, all-inclusive playground at Marilyn Toohey Park has begun,” Mayor Anne Welch said. “Thanks to Mark Cerrone Construction, grants from NYS, Niagara River Greenway through the Town of Lewiston, and many business and private donations, this dream is becoming a reality.”
She noted, “There will be a ‘community build’ on Sept. 17 and 18 starting at 8 a.m., and we invite volunteers that would like to help install the new playground equipment. If anyone is interested, please call the village office at 754-8271.”
The Village of Lewiston Department of Public Works, in partnership with Lewiston Event Center co-owner Emery Simon, has been storing the rides since their delivery last fall.
Niagara Falls general site contractor Mark Cerrone Inc. is overseeing the project alongside Central New York’s Parkitects.
At about 14,000 square-feet, the playground will provide a welcoming recreational area for children of all abilities. Plans call for enhanced safety and shading features; sound, motion/movement and sensory-sensitive areas for kids with special needs; musical instruments; "buddy" swings, We-saw seesaws and wheelchair-accessible slides; a seated zipline; open green space to interact or just stretch; and eventually a splash pad. Rides will sit on top of a protective rubber surface designed to absorb the impact of a fall.
The playground will be situated behind the basketball courts.
For more information, or to make a donation, call the mayor’s office at 716-754-8271; email [email protected]; stop into the clerk’s office at 145 N. Fourth St.; or mail Attn: Village of Lewiston Recreation Department, P.O. Box 325, Lewiston, NY 14092. Checks can be made out to “Village of Lewiston Recreation Department.”
Local, county and elected leaders joined together in May for a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the inclusive playground at Marilyn Toohey Park in the Village of Lewiston.