ELBURN – A group of local volunteers with the Elburn Lions Club soon will begin work on making the playground at the community’s largest park “more family friendly,” particularly for young visitors with disabilities.
“We’ll be out there at 8 a.m. Saturday, bright and early to get this started,” said Pam Hall, past president of the Elburn Lions. “It’s been a long time coming.”
Hall said the work to renovate the playground at Lions Park – a quasi-public park that is owned and maintained by the Elburn Lions – will include new railings, ramps and other equipment specifically designed to make the playground more accessible for children with disabilities.
The work also will include the installation of “sensory panels,” special playground equipment that includes built-in tactile elements to make the play area more inviting for children of all abilities.
“For some children, it may be difficult for them to, for example, get down in the sand and play,” Hall said. “This makes the playground a lot more fun for them.”
Hall said it had been her desire for some time, and her priority while Elburn Lions president, to lead the effort to bring the 25-year-old playground equipment at the park into compliance with the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“It’s something I wanted to do, and now we have the opportunity to see it through and follow through on this,” she said.
All the funds for the project were raised by the Elburn Lions and the club’s junior wing, the Leo Club.
All labor on the project also will be completed by volunteers, she said, with the guidance of representatives of the suppliers from whom the Elburn Lions purchased the new playground equipment.