The city continues to make improvements within Lions Park, one of its oldest and most popular community parks.
The Shakopee Lions Club initiated a renovation to the playground at Lions Park. The playground was one of the oldest playgrounds in the city and was scheduled for an update in the Park Asset plan.
A committee of community members and professionals was formed to develop an all-inclusive playground for the community.
The Lions Club committed a large donation ($50,000) to the park for the renovation. In addition, the city set aside funds to update the playground. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community ($50,000), Shakopee Valley Lions ($5,000) and various businesses and community members also donated toward the project.
The Shakopee Fun For All Playground was completed in November 2016.
Learn more about the project at www.funforallplayground.com.
WHAT IS AN INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND?
An inclusive playground is intended to provide accessible, age and developmental appropriate activities that stimulate all children physically, emotionally and socially. Rather than one large play structure, inclusive playgrounds use smaller, individual components designed to fit different needs and provide unique sensory experiences. This includes the use of land forms to provide contour and challenges to the park, tunnels, group activities and animals to touch and find, etc. The playground’s surface would be poured-in-place rubber.
In 2016, the City Council hired 292 Design Group to design a new warming house building to replace the aging structure at Lions Park and store the city’s outdoor Zamboni. Other possible features include bathrooms and a potential park shelter.
In September 2016, the council rejected bids for the construction of a warming house/park shelter. Bids pushed the project over the $500,000 allocated in the Park Asset fund. The council directed staff to reassess the building to find a cheaper alternative.
Staff and 292 Design Group proposed a shelter redesign to the City Council on Feb. 7, 2017. The council approved the final plans and specifications and authorized the rebidding of the shelter on Feb. 21. The council again rejected all bids due to the cost on April 18.
In December 2017, the city removed the aging structure.
Staff will further assess the facility and determine the future needs.