Conway City Council forms special committee to oversee building an all inclusive playground

Conway City Council - 12/17

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A new playground is in the works in Conway that council members believe is a very unique addition to the area.

At Monday night’s Conway City Council meeting, two plans were proposed for an all-inclusive playground.

The council had previously approved to allocate $200,000 in funds for the project in the 2018-2019 budget.

“This is very needed in the city of Conway and is very needed everywhere. These types of playgrounds are not easy to find," Addison Jarrell, director of Conway Parks Recreation and Tourism, said.

In fact, the website Landscape Structure shows there’s only one playground of this type in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee.

In 2016, the city of Myrtle Beach opened Savannah’s Playground in The Market Common Area. Like that park, Jarrell said the one in Conway will have something for everyone.

“There will be equipment that is good for someone in a wheelchair or maybe needs help walking," Jarrell said. "There will also be sensory equipment for someone who has autism that they would be able to use it as well.”

The first option proposed $125,000 would go toward building the playground and the remainder would go to maintenance. This would include paving a parking lot.

The second option proposed spending all $200,000 on building the playground and then applying for grants that would go toward maintenance, leaving the parking lot unpaved.

The council also decided to put together a committee consisting of three council members and parents who have children with disabilities to oversee this project and the decisions being made going forward.

“That will be a few of our council members as well as some citizens who have an invested interest in the park so we can get a better idea about what is needed and so we can look at some locations of where we want to put it," Jarrell said.

The proposed location for the project is across from the Sherwood Forest Park, but that location may change as some on the council expressed concern after flooding occurred during Hurricane Florence.

This is something Jarrell said the committee will take into consideration and make a decision on in the coming months.

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