Clifton Forge, VA (VR) —The Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission in partnership with the Town of Clifton Forge has received a $10,000 grant from the Virginia Outdoor Foundation Go Outside or GO Fund for an all-abilities park in Clifton Forge.
All-abilities parks offer children opportunities to play alongside one another regardless of sensory or physical ability. Creating an atmosphere where everyone is invited to play and engage with one another fosters community. This all-abilities playground will be located at the transformed site of Linden Park in Clifton Forge. “We are thrilled to support the development of this park for people of all abilities,” says VOF Executive Director Brett Glymph. “Spaces such as these are vital to strengthening communities, improving health, and connecting people to nature.”
This playground will provide accessibility and inclusion with safe surfacing and new, specialized equipment. The town is also currently working on creating a sensory trail from an existing public walking trail, the design will engage all seven senses. There will be play pieces for balance, movement, and sound, flowers and herbs for sight and smell, berries and fruit trees for taste and touch. The sensory trail is projected to be open to the public this Spring.