Construction underway on largest inclusive playground in Santa Barbara County
LOMPOC, Calif. – Construction is underway at a Lompoc park.
The new playground at Beattie Park will be the largest inclusive playground in Santa Barbara County once construction is complete.
Beattie Park’s new playground has been named a Triple National Demonstration Site, meeting stringent design standards in three categories: inclusive playground design, youth play, and adult fitness.
It will feature a giant “modern tower” offering park views, an inclusive play space with ramps leading up to three different height levels and accessible components.
Additionally, there will be a “sensory wave climber” with integrated
sensory panels, a roller slide, and spiral tower slides.
The playground area for ages 2 to 5 will have multiple slides and climbers. The overall playground area will feature an “inclusive whirl” accessible to a child in a mobility device, as well as an arch disk swing, and other swings for various age groups.
In the fitness area, there will be a “Thrive 900” multi-user gym piece for strength training, cardio and core workouts.
The park will also have a gazebo with picnic tables and a barbecue pit, concrete pingpong tables and concrete tables with checkerboard tops.
City of Lompoc Recreation Manager Mario Guerrero, Jr. said the City is looking forward to providing the community with a playground and fitness area that will be accessible to all ability levels.
“This new Beattie Park playground and fitness area belongs to the Lompoc community, and it’s important that we were able to incorporate the elements most important to those who will be using this recreation area,” Guerrero said. “In addition, we worked to make this playground and fitness area as accessible to all abilities as possible. We look forward to welcoming our community to this beautiful and inclusive new playground and fitness area in Lompoc.”
Construction on the playground and fitness area started August 31. Crews expect to complete the project in late October.
Great Western Installation Inc. is constructing the project based on the design that incorporated input from the community.
The funds for this project are provided by Proposition 68 grant funding and City of Lompoc Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.