The newly formed Special Outreach Services program moved forward on its first action item on Monday with the help of the Novi City Council.
Council approved the construction of a new play structure at Ella Mae Power Park that would incorporate accessibility and sensory features into the design. The cost to remove the old playground and construct the new one is budgeted at $350,000.
This 100% inclusive playground would provide opportunities for children of all abilities ages 2-12 to play together in the same space. Features include:
- Above ground wheelchair access with landing decks designed to provide appropriate turning space and gathering points for wheelchair users.
- A “We-Go-Swing” designed to allow wheelchair users to swing with their friends (both in wheelchairs or not)
- Poured In Place safety surfacing
- Multiple sensory play features
A grand opening for the new play structure is slated to take place in mid-to-late May. The Special Outreach Services program is focused on increasing engagement and delivering support services and resources to senior citizens and residents in Novi with special needs or accessibility challenges. City staff is continuing to work on this new initiative with more information to be released in the coming weeks.