Do you want to see an ADA-compliant playground near downtown Sitka? The Sitka Community Playground project committee, a project of the 2015 Sitka Health Summit, will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, at the Sitka Community Hospital classroom. The goal of the project is to create an accessible, attractive, low maintenance and safe community playground that will meet the needs of both children and their families.
The community playground project initially was selected as a community wellness project at the 2011 Sitka Health Summit, but stalled after some initial work was done. The project was rekindled in 2014, when the city approved a site where the current Crescent Harbor playground is located, plus one of the three neighboring tennis courts.
The renewed project for 2015 will benefit from $2,000 in project seed money from the Sitka Health Summit. The committee also has been applying for other grants to help fund construction of what hopefully will become the only Sitka playground that will be compliant with the American Disabilities Act accessibility requirements. Previously there had been some design work done for another place in Sitka, in partnership with local students, but the group hopes to revamp the design with a new group of students.
The Nov. 16 meeting is open to the public and volunteers are needed for the project. For more information, please contact Kealoha Harmon at 747-3500 or Kay Turner at 623-7878. Also, feel free to join the Facebook group to stay up to date.