• First Inclusive Playground in Santa Barbara County

    June 12, 2020
    First Inclusive Playground in Santa Barbara County

    The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, Kiwanis Club of Santa Maria, and the People for Leisure and Youth, Inc. (PLAY, Inc.) will unveil the area’s first inclusive playground on Wednesday, June 17th at Preisker Park, 330 Hidden Pines Way. 

    The playground has a variety of specialized equipment that can be navigated by children with visual, mobile, and hearing impairments. Some of the highlights of this PlayCore equipment includes a Zero G-Swing with an adjustable harness to maintain a neutral body position and minimize fatigue of children with physical disabilities; musical instruments; and, an Americans with Disabilities Act Slide Transfer to allow a user in a mobility device to position themselves on the slide. 

    In October 2018, the Santa Maria Kiwanis for Kids Foundation and PLAY, Inc. began their fundraising efforts to make this playground a reality. The catalyst for this project was a $45,000 donation from Kiwanis and an additional $100,000 contributed by the community, which enabled this PlayCore design to be installed. The Recreation and Parks Department coordinated construction, provided staff labor to prepare the site, and provided additional funding.  This special playground will be focal point for area residents and will be enjoyed and accessible to all children.

    Sponsors include: Cal-Portland, Southern California Cement Mason Apprenticeship Program, Central Coast Playgrounds, Great Western Recreation, PlayCore, “sofSurfaces”, Ron Jordan Concrete Pumping, Siteone Landscape Supply, Kiwanis Aktion Club of Santa Maria, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, California Central Coast, Rotary Club of Santa Maria (Noontime), Margie Hord, Al and LeRee Vierra, Julie and Alex Posada, Dr. Michael and Susan Moats, Bob and Linda Morrison, Amy and Jeff Shaffner, Network for Good, Pioneer Valley High School Key Club, Santa Maria High School Key Club, Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Key Club, Righetti High Key Club, Orcutt Academy Key Club, Jason Davie, Diana Moffitt, and Balloon Fantasy and Party Supplies. 

    Questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department, (805) 925-0951 extension 2260.