SYRACUSE -- A unique playground with access to children with disabilities could cost as much as $1 million to construct.
During a recent council work session, Parks Superintendent Ben Liegert updated the city council on fundraising efforts to build a special park at 1800 South and 2000 West. The park has been dubbed Chloe's Playground.
Liegert said a company called Game Time will build the playground structure for the park for $349,000.
He said the city will save some money by having the Public Works Department perform a lot of in-house, in-kind services at the park.
Beyond the playground structure, officials hope to have a splash pad, which Liegert said could cost as much as $350,000. Restroom facilities are expected to add $75,000 to the project price tag.
Fundraising efforts are ongoing for the special park, but got a shot in the arm with local donations from Zions Bank and a commitment from EnergySolutions to make an annual donation of $10,000 to assist in maintenance.
Cindy Gooch with JUB Engineering also helped park organizers formally apply for a $215,000 water conservation grant. The grant would require a 100 percent match from the city.
The playground is expected to include wheelchair access, transfer stations, ramps, wider paths, stable surfaces, table play, ample space around equipment, swings to accommodate children in wheelchairs, and auditory and tactile elements.
Councilman Doug Peterson said each structure at the park will be designed to have an impact on someone with a disability, whether that is a child in a wheelchair or someone with autism.
Fundraising efforts for Chloe's Playground are expected to be one component of the city's Heritage Days celebration in late June.