Mammoth Creek Park Inclusive Playground
Join us at Mammoth Creek Park for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the New Inclusive Playground - the first truly inclusive playground in Eastern California! The ceremony will take place from 1:00-1:30 p.m. and consist of a small ceremony, celebrating this huge accomplishment, followed by a group photo of everyone involved in making this playground a reality. Volunteers are kindly asked to come back in their safety t-shirts for this group photo. Come help us celebrate this new inclusive playground and kick off National Parks and Recreation Month with a bang!
New Inclusive Playground at Mammoth Creek Park
The Parks and Recreation Department was successful with its 2017 Healthy Play Funding Application and was awarded $100,000 of matching funds from PlayCore and GameTime to install a new inclusive playground at Mammoth Creek Park. The playground will be the first truly inclusive playground incorporating research-based, best practices in Eastern California and will also serve as a National Demonstration Site (NDS).
Our Playground Build
The 'supervised' community build portion of the playground installation concluded on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Day-by-day pictures of our progress can be found on our Facebook page (Mammoth Parks N Rec.) Great Western Recreation will return the week of June 25 to install the concrete base for the tile and curb for the playground boundary. Our ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on the 4th of July immediately following the parade.
The inclusive playground is a significant recreation asset that complements our vision “To be the best alpine recreation community in the country,” while supporting the Parks and Recreation Department mission “To provide multi-purpose, year-round, indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities accessible to all residents and visitors.”
The new 7,770 square-foot, inclusive playground will incorporate the Seven Principles of Inclusive Playground Design providing opportunities for the physical, social-emotional, sensory, cognitive, and communicative benefits of play for all. Playgrounds are a gateway to playful, healthy and active lifestyles and are critical in combating the many challenges we face as a community. From obesity, sedentary lifestyles, and social inequities, playgrounds promote active, intergenerational play in amazing outdoor environments.
The inclusive playground is also one of five components of the Mammoth Creek Park project, designed to work with existing park features and the proposed community multi-use facilities. The guiding principle builds from the “A Town within a Park” concept to deliver local residents and visitors with high quality, complementary recreation facilities. Combined with community-driven and professional year-round programming, these facilities will promote a degree of excitement, individual expression, exploration, and accomplishment leading to an enhanced quality of life for the community of Mammoth Lakes.