ST. GEORGE – Work crews are slated to break ground in January on a new All Abilities Park after the city council approved a bid Thursday for the first phase of construction.The $825,000 bid came in more than $300,000 below the city’s engineering estimate. St. George-based J.P. Excavating won out of among 11 total bidders.The approval paves the way for construction to begin, but city officials have been working on the park for years, aiming to provide a play place that could accommodate people with disabilities and others with special needs who can’t fully participate at other parks.”All of it will be accessible to special needs people,” City Manager Gary Esplin said.The park could feature things like high-back special needs swings, double-wide slides, ramps and soft floors rather than sawdust or wood chips that can be accessed by wheelchair.It would be the first of its kind in the region, although all abilities parks in general have become increasingly popular nationwide, with research showing that parks provide social, physical and emotional benefits.There is still some uncertainty as to how much of the park could be built, and when, with the city still short on funding for the entirety of the project,… Read full this story
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