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.