Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bloomingdale Inclusive Playground-Staffed Parkhouse Proposal

Currently the NYC Parks Dept in conjunction with the Upper West Side  Inclusive Playground Taskforce  is developing a prototype Inclusive Playground at the Bloomingdales Playground on W 104th Street. The Parks department is designing this  facility  as a unstaffed  inclusive  fixed equipment playground for children.

                                                             Bloomingdales Playground(green pin)

 It would be great if this playground could  also had  a staffed portable recreation equipment parkhouse that would be able to offer a far greater variety of special needs recreation equipment.  But I was told the parks department  has no money for staff funding so are not planning to do so.. However four blocks  south of Bloomingdale Playground(west 104th St) is the Bloomingdale library  ( West 100th St...)

Bloomingdale Library (red), Bloomingdale Playground (green)

By offering the lending  of special needs recreation equipment, this library  could play the role of special needs portable equipment parkhouse for the new Bloomingddale inclusive park, without the need of hiring parks staff.

But furthermore it could
-Offer special needs recreation equipment for youth, adults and seniors, age brackets not covered by the Bloomingdale's Inclusive Playground

-It could also  play the role of special needs equipment and/or locker key  lending facility  for  all  the  public spaces in the neighborhood.

Public Spaces Surrounding Bloomingdale Library(red pin)

 .   Bloomingdales Library   would not replace the need for the Bloomingdales inclusive playground, rather it would complement the Blooingdales Inclusive Playground  with a wide variety of portable equipment for all ages and abilities. . Additionally this portable special needs equipment collection will  have the potential to transform many more public spaces, over a wider area into special needs  playspaces.

The cost of funding the  Bloomingdales Inclusive Playground  is 5.6 million dollars.I suspect if   a small fraction of the funds   were taken from the Bloomingdales Inclusive Playground budget it  would cover lockers for each of the 11 area parks plus a wide variety of recreation equipment for all ages and abilities.