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Work underway on new playground, fitness center and more at Lompoc's Beattie Park

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Posted at 12:02 PM, Sep 30, 2020

Work is underway in Lompoc on what will be the largest inclusive playground in Santa Barbara County.

The structure at Beattie Park on Lompoc’s south end of town will feature a giant “modern tower,” an inclusive play space with ramps, a sensory wave climber with sensory panels, a roller slide and spiral tower.

The area designed for ages 2 through 5 will also include many slides and climbers.

“The overall playground area has an ‘inclusive whirl’ accessible to a child in a mobility device, as well as an arch disk swing, and other swings for various age groups,” the City said in a press release.

Meeting stringent design standards for inclusive playground design, youth play, and adult fitness, the grant-funded playground has been named a Triple National Demonstration Site.

The City took feedback from an online community survey in April to come up with the design.

Work on a fitness area is also underway, breaking ground Aug. 31.

It will include a “Thrive 900” multi-user gym piece, used for strength training, cardio and core workouts.

The park area will include concrete ping-pong tables, concrete tables with checkerboard tops, a new gazebo, picnic tables and a barbecue pit.

The project is being funded through Prop. 68 and City of Lompoc Community Development Block Grant funds and is expected to be completed at the end of October.

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