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File #: 14-0206    Version: 1 Name: 2/18/14 Grant Application to MDNR for Universal Access Playground at Gallup
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/3/2014 In control: City Council
On agenda: 3/3/2014 Final action: 3/3/2014
Enactment date: 3/3/2014 Enactment #: R-14-065
Title: Resolution to Approve a Grant Application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Grants Management for a Universal Access Playground at Gallup Park
Attachments: 1. RotaryCentennialPlaygroundatGallupPark-LetterofSupport
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Resolution to Approve a Grant Application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Grants Management for a Universal Access Playground at Gallup Park
Memorandum
Attached for your review and action is a resolution to approve a grant application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Grants Management (MDNRGM) for a Universal Access Playground at Gallup Park.

The City of Ann Arbor Park System has 80 playgrounds. However, none are designed as Universal Access Playgrounds. Universal Access Playgrounds exceed ADA requirements and strive to be as inclusive as possible. Design and construction costs are higher than that of a playground that only needs to meet ADA code.

The City is fortunate to have the Ann Arbor Rotary Club as a partner in this project. In 2016 the Ann Arbor Rotary Club celebrates 100 years of service in the community and the Gallup Universal Access Playground is their chosen centennial project. The Rotary Club has committed to raising $250,000.00 toward the construction of the playground.

One of the main goals identified in the current Parks and Recreation Open Space Plan is to “achieve and maintain a balanced park, recreation, and open space system, accessible to all of the community.” To do so, the following action is identified: “focus on providing play areas that are designed to allow disabled users greater opportunities.”

The playground will replace an existing playground located near the far east parking lot and children’s fishing pond. This playground is identified in the Capital Improvements Plan as needing renovation and in 2013 portions of it were closed for repairs. The Universal Access Playground will be located in the same general location.

The City contribution to the project will be $100,000.00 and is noted in the Capital Improvements Plan under Playgrounds and Neighborhood Park Improvements.

The preliminary budget estimate for the project is $500,000.00 and includes design, equipment, construction, and l...

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