Build Special Needs Playground at Anne Loftus Playground in Ft. Tryon Park

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Support building a special needs play area at the Anne Loftus Playground.  The design will address the interests and needs of children with sensory issues, autism, limited vision, mobility impairments and other disabilities.  No special needs play area exists above 96th st, making this a highest priority. This playground is uniquely suited for this because:

  1. The water feature will also incorporate special needs design.
  2. The site has extensive tree shading, stone walls and play houses that help diminish aversive stimuli.
  3.  The confluence of A-train, Bx7 and M100 bus (and BxM 1 bus two blocks away) enhance accessibility.
  4.  The park/playground design offers respite from the city for special needs families who may have greater difficulty traveling.
  5.  A Special Needs playground component is consistent with the Olmsted firm original vision for the space.

We acknowledge the need for active sports, such as basketball, but urge Parks to locate these activities at a more suitable location, especially as the noise and activity levels are not compatible with a special needs play area.



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