Last fall, local students tackled the question, “How might we reimagine the Imagination Station so that it’s engaging for all?” In designing the new play space in Mulligan’s Hollow, the children worked to ensure it would be accessible for all ages and abilities.
The students spent a week speaking with families about concerns and challenges they experienced and visiting nearby play areas for ideas. Designers from Leathers and Associates turned the students’ designs into the new Imagination Station.
Some of the features that will be included are a therapeutic seat (swing), an expression seat (swing), sensory panel, roller slide and inclusive orbit (a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round). Rubber flooring will be poured once the entire play space is built.
The area will also include specific areas with items that might appeal to various age levels, said Magda Smoleńska, a member of the Reimagine Project’s design and special features steering committee. For example, there is an area designed for children ages 2-5 and another for ages 5-12.
The new Imagination Station will also include seesaws, swings and other play structures that will be accessible by wheelchair. There will be wider paths and open lines of vision for parents and guardians.
“The space will be incredible,” said Smoleńska, who is also an architect by trade.
Smoleńska said she’s excited for her nieces and nephews to play on what she and the community will have built together.
From being involved and watching the progress in the past year, Smoleńska said it’s been rewarding seeing the community come together, involve children and fund the project.
“I’ve never been part of anything like this before,” she said.
People interested in volunteering for “Build Week” can register online at gh-reimagine.org/volunteers/.