Village of Lewiston Mayor Anne Welch reports volunteers arrived bright and early Friday morning to begin work on the new inclusive playground located in Marilyn Toohey Park behind the Red Brick Municipal Building.
“Construction workers for a day” included members of the Board of Trustees, Village of Lewiston Recreation Department, Lewiston Police Department, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and M&T Bank, plus local residents. Gallo Restaurants provided food for the dedicated crew.
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.”