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The Accessible Recreation Complex will provide safe, boundless play opportunities for individuals of all ages and all abilities in one accessible spot. The complex will include a fully accessible playground for limitless play, an all-ability turf baseball field, and a fully accessible recirculated splash pad. It will create opportunities for collaborative play and social interaction for children of all abilities, promoting inclusion in our community, creating a destination showpiece, and filling a need not currently met. Outdoor play stimulates speech, cognition, gross motor skills, fine motor skills and social skills more efficiently than any other method of instruction. The play space also will promote self-empowerment and imaginative play for all kids.
There are an estimated 1,400 children and adults with disabilities in our area. The complex would also draw families from surrounding towns, any wheelchair user, children with undocumented disabilities, families traveling through Hays, and ALL other children. All three plays spaces are greatly needed!
Funds for the ARC Park, as well as the design and project work, are overseen by local special needs parents and directors at The Arc of Central Plains.
The farm and oil themed splash pad will be an awesome new addition to Hays. It will feature a recirculated filtered water design so that we conserve water and minimize usage. Motion sensors will be used to turn on the splash pad so that no excess water is lost. Expect sprayers of all shapes and sizes, dumping features and more. We will also add a family restroom with a large changing table.
The 180’ baseball field will feature a turf infield and outfield and in-ground bases so that individuals with limited mobility can enjoy playing ball, too. The accessible ball field will also include dugouts and fencing. Youth teams in the community will be allowed to play on it, as well.
The 13,600-square-foot boundless play space will feature equipment that kids of all abilities can access and enjoy. The playground will have farm and oil themed play equipment to reflect our Western Kansas heritage. Other features include: swings with harnesses for kids of all ages and abilities, static free slides, lots of shade, cool sensory equipment, a fenced area and unique play equipment new to Hays.