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A water feature also would generate some buzz, she said.
“I’ve heard several of my mom friends asking about a splash pad,” Meents said. “That would be really exciting.”
A place for all children
A growing trend in playground design is creating spaces that accommodate children with disabilities, Engle said.
A group of parents with autistic children approached the Coon Rapids park board a few years back asking the city to remodel a playground with those needs in mind. The city hasn’t had the money, but it will pursue the project if the referendum is approved.
“They brought it to our attention that we should be looking at this issue,” Engle said. “We were very receptive to that.”
Drawing residents into the design process is key to creating a successful play space, he said.
“It is an important factor to have the neighborhood and community involved in the planning,” Engle said. “It does bring a value to the neighborhood.”
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