Feedback sought for proposed inclusive playground

A concept design of what the park would probably look like shows features like shade structures and ramps for children on wheelchairs. Courtesy of the city of Santa Clarita

Santa Claritans will have a chance to give the city ideas and feedback about a proposed inclusive playground at Canyon Country Park.

The city has scheduled a public meeting 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday in the East Community Room at the park, located at 17615 Soledad Canyon Road.

“This meeting is a great opportunity for residents to ask questions and offer any input they may have about the play area,” read a city news release.

The play area will be the first of its kind in the Santa Clarita Valley. A concept design of the playground released by city officials indicates a play structure with accessible connections to existing facilities, ramps for children on wheelchairs and roller slides for sensory play. The model also features a shade structure and new seating areas for all who visit.

The proposed playground will measure about 8,500 square feet upon completion and is estimated to cost about $1.11 million, according to an agenda report in February, when the City Council approved the project.

“Play is the universal language of children,” Mayor Marsha McLean said in a statement. “All children, regardless of ability, should be able to enjoy the playgrounds in our parks and this new inclusive playground in Canyon Country Park will make that possible. Inclusive playgrounds mean that all children will be able to enjoy mingling and friend-making, and we are proud to provide this opportunity.”

Several members of the community have taken to social media, commenting on their thoughts about what the inclusive play area should have. Some of those suggestions include swings that can hold wheelchairs, communication cards and to build more inclusive parks across Santa Clarita.

Construction is scheduled to commence in July and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

For more information about the inclusive play area, contact Elena Galvez at 661-255-4911.

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