Showboat Park Revitalization

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Showboat Park - Proposed New Playground Equipment

What makes a park a park? Visitors! A park without visitors doesn’t have much value. That’s why we want to breathe new life into Showboat Park.

Now that’s not to say that Showboat Park is lacking visitors. Many people enjoy walking the trails, playing a game of baseball, basketball, or disc golf. The river is also enjoyed by many people fishing and kayaking.

However, just because something works doesn’t mean it can't be improved and during the recent Community Strategic Planning session it was decided that Showboat Park could use a little extra attention.

Now not everything can happen at once and not every idea can become a reality, it would be cool if it could though. This will be a multi-phase project likely to span a few years, so let’s get started.

Phase one is going to consist of new playground equipment around the upper pavilion. Due to insurance reasons the old equipment had to be removed and it is about time something new went up in its place, and what better way to do that then with the first fully accessible playground set in our parks.

You will see throughout the life of this project different ways to interact and give feedback so please check back often and make your voice heard. You may even find clues of what’s to come in future phases. Hint: Look closely at the labels on the equipment layout pictures.

What makes a park a park? Visitors! A park without visitors doesn’t have much value. That’s why we want to breathe new life into Showboat Park.

Now that’s not to say that Showboat Park is lacking visitors. Many people enjoy walking the trails, playing a game of baseball, basketball, or disc golf. The river is also enjoyed by many people fishing and kayaking.

However, just because something works doesn’t mean it can't be improved and during the recent Community Strategic Planning session it was decided that Showboat Park could use a little extra attention.

Now not everything can happen at once and not every idea can become a reality, it would be cool if it could though. This will be a multi-phase project likely to span a few years, so let’s get started.

Phase one is going to consist of new playground equipment around the upper pavilion. Due to insurance reasons the old equipment had to be removed and it is about time something new went up in its place, and what better way to do that then with the first fully accessible playground set in our parks.

You will see throughout the life of this project different ways to interact and give feedback so please check back often and make your voice heard. You may even find clues of what’s to come in future phases. Hint: Look closely at the labels on the equipment layout pictures.

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  • Animato Metallophone

    about 1 year ago
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    Flat bars make up the 15 major notes on this instrument, but the sound of each still resounds. Plink, plunk out a favorite tune. Or put your musical creativity together with a friend’s and start scoring your own opus. The Animato® Metallophone is part of the Rhapsody® Outdoor Musical Instruments collection.

    Features

    • Excellent activity for all ages
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Perfect for musicians of all abilities

    Developmental Benefits

    • Sensory
    • Auditory, Proprioception, Tactile, Visual
    • Motor Skills
    • Eye-Hand Coordination, Motor Planning
    • Cognitive Skills
    • Problem Solving, Strategic Thinking
    • Social/Emotional Skills
    • Cooperation, Imaginative Play, Social Skill Development

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  • Chill Spinner

    about 1 year ago
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    Take a fun spin on the Chill® Spinner or just relax in its comfortable seat. The spinning motion offers vestibular stimulation and helps kids understand centrifugal force and cause-and-effect. Textured rubber belting creates a comfortable and secure ride.

    Features

    • Comfortable seat for relaxing or spinning
    • Seat height allows users to be in control of the movement

    Developmental Benefits

    • Sensory
    • Proprioception, Vestibular+
    • Motor Skills
    • Balance, Core Body Strength, Lower Body Strength
    • Cognitive Skills
    • Problem Solving
    • Social/Emotional Skills
    • Cooperation, Imaginative Play, Social Skill Development

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  • Cozy Dome

    about 1 year ago
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    The Cozy Dome® offers kids a place to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy playground, take time by themselves or socialize together.
    Features
    • A quiet space for over-stimulated kids
    • Peek holes let kids and supervisors keep an eye on the action
    • Various textures on the outer surface create a perfect climbing experience
    Developmental Benefits
    • Sensory
    • Proprioception, Tactile, Vestibular
    • Motor Skills
    • Balance, Coordination, Core Body Strength, Flexibility, Lower Body Strength, Motor Planning, Upper Body Strength
    • Cognitive Skills
    • Problem Solving
    • Social/Emotional Skills
    • Cooperation, Social Skill Development

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  • Crab Trap

    about 1 year ago
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    Many climbing opportunities for many kids! The inviting Crab Trap® uses a variety of materials to add visual interest and create different climbing experiences, inside or out.

    Features

    • Keeps kids engaged with limitless climbing routes
    • Different climbing challenges inside and out
    Developmental Benefits
    • Sensory
    • Proprioception, Tactile, Vestibular+, Visual
    • Motor Skills
    • Agility, Balance, Cardiovascular, Coordination, Core Body Strength, Endurance, Flexibility, Lower Body Strength, Motor Planning, Upper Body Strength
    • Cognitive Skills
    • Problem Solving
    • Social/Emotional Skills
    • Cooperation, Imaginative Play, Social Skill Development

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  • Goblet Drum

    about 1 year ago
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    This drum is shaped like a goblet to create unique percussive sounds. Polycarbonate drum skins, which can be played with fingers or hands, stand up to extreme temperatures and rigorous play. Fully wheelchair accessible so anyone can play. The Goblet Drum is part of the Rhapsody® Outdoor Musical Instruments collection.

    Features

    1. Excellent activity for all ages
    2. Wheelchair accessible
    3. Perfect for musicians of all abilities

    Developmental Benefits

    • Sensory
    • Auditory, Proprioception, Tactile, Visual
    • Motor Skills
    • Eye-Hand Coordination, Motor Planning
    • Cognitive Skills
    • Problem Solving, Strategic Thinking
    • Social/Emotional Skills
    • Cooperation, Imaginative Play, Social Skill Development
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  • Kettle Drum

    about 1 year ago
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    This classic drum provides booming sounds to keep the beat. Polycarbonate drum skins, which can be played with fingers or hands, stand up to extreme temperatures and rigorous play. Fully wheelchair accessible so anyone can keep the beat. The Kettle Drum is part of the Rhapsody® Outdoor Musical Instruments collection.

    Features

    1. Excellent activity for all ages
    2. Wheelchair accessible
    3. Perfect for musicians of all abilities

    Developmental Benefits

    • Sensory
    • Auditory, Proprioception, Tactile, Visual
    • Motor Skills
    • Eye-Hand Coordination, Motor Planning
    • Cognitive Skills
    • Problem Solving, Strategic Thinking
    • Social/Emotional Skills
    • Cooperation, Imaginative Play, Social Skill Development

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  • Kundo Drum

    about 1 year ago
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    The hourglass shape of this drum provides a unique sound. Polycarbonate drum skins, which can be played with fingers or hands, stand up to extreme temperatures and rigorous play. Fully wheelchair accessible so anyone can create rhythm. The Kundo Drum is part of the Rhapsody® Outdoor Musical Instruments collection.

    Features

    1. Excellent activity for all ages
    2. Wheelchair accessible
    3. Perfect for musicians of all abilities

    Developmental Benefits

    • Sensory
    • Auditory, Proprioception, Tactile, Visual
    • Motor Skills
    • Eye-Hand Coordination, Motor Planning
    • Cognitive Skills
    • Problem Solving, Strategic Thinking
    • Social/Emotional Skills
    • Cooperation, Imaginative Play, Social Skill Development

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  • Oodle Swing

    about 1 year ago
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    The Oodle® Swing provides interactive fun for oodles of kids! It's the perfect accent for any new or existing playground - especially play spaces designed with the Evos® play system.

    Features

    • Comfortably seats four to six children at once
    • Swing seat contains two rubber-encapsulated bumpers
    • Transfer point from wheelchair or walker
    Developmental Benefits
    • Sensory
    • Proprioception, Tactile, Vestibular+, Visual
    • Motor Skills
    • Balance, Coordination, Core Body Strength, Lower Body Strength, Motor Planning, Upper Body Strength
    • Cognitive Skills
    • Problem Solving
    • Social/Emotional Skills
    • Cooperation, Imaginative Play, Social Skill Development

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  • Roller Table

    about 1 year ago
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    Not just fast and fun, the sensory play Roller Table™ provides kids much needed sensory stimulation, through the application of deep-muscle pressure from the steel rollers.

    Features

    • Comfortable TenderTuff™-coated steel rollers
    • Curved overhead hand rails allowing for varied arm lengths and abilities
    • Enclosed sealed bearings for pinch-free sliding
    • Helps kids develop "skin map" of tactile sensory receptors throughout the body
    • Siderails for safe sensory play

    Developmental Benefits

    • Sensory
    • Auditory, Proprioception, Tactile, Vestibular
    • Motor Skills
    • Balance, Coordination, Flexibility, Motor Planning
    • Cognitive Skills
    • Problem Solving
    • Social/Emotional Skills
    • Social Skill Development

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  • We-Go-Round

    about 1 year ago
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    Bringing kids of all abilities together, the We-Go-Round® is fully wheelchair accessible and promotes fun interaction by having all users face each other. It can be turned from the inside or outside, allowing everyone to participate in the fun.

    Features

    • Base is flush with surrounding surfacing for easy wheelchair roll-on
    • Available with two or three benches, leaving ample room for wheelchairs
    • All users face the center for better interaction and inclusion
    • Handhold on center post allows users to participate in the movement
    • Integrated speed control for fun, yet safe, rotation
    Developmental Benefits
    • Sensory
    • Proprioception, Vestibular+
    • Motor Skills
    • Balance, Core Body Strength, Lower Body Strength, Upper Body Strength
    • Cognitive Skills
    • Problem Solving
    • Social/Emotional Skills
    • Cooperation, Imaginative Play, Social Skill Development


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