Monday, December 20, 2010

The 17th Universally Accessible Playground at Glen Alla Park

West Los Angeles - The Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) proudly dedicated a Universally Accessible Playground (UAP) at Glen Alla Park on Thursday, December 16, 2010. Commission President Barry A. Sanders, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl (11th District), Brad Thornton from Shane's Inspiration and eagered children were all in attendance to celebrate the opening of RAP's seventeenth UAP.

The new limitless playground has a nautical theme and features a ship with a pelican mast head and steering wheel. The play equipment is painted in shades of blue and has decorative maritime-themed panels throughout the playground. Glen Alla's UAP also has a climbing rock designed for scaling with a grassy slope on the backside and a sensory tunnel where children can explore and discover fossils and other textures. There is an accessible sand table with a sea turtle transfer station that helps children in wheelchairs to easily transfer into the sand. Children can also wheel up to the accessible table and hunt for buried fossils. To complete the nautical theme, a huge whale serves as the center piece for the sand area and is perfect for children to climb on and pretend to harpoon.

The $900,000 project was funded by Quimby fees and designed by Shane's Inspiration. Shane's Inspiration is one of RAP's most powerful partners. Over the last 12 years, the Department of Recreation and Parks and Shane's Inspiration have revolutionized playground design and utilization.

Glen Alla Park is located at 4602 Alla Road, Los Angeles 90043. For more information on Glen Alla Park or other Department facilities and/or services call (213) 202-2700.

Andrea Epstein: (213) 202-2690
Amy A. Garcia: (213) 202-2689

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