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Lazy Dayz Outdoor Children's Accessible Playground Owensboro

  • Synopsis: Published: 2012-09-18 - Lazy Dayz Outdoor Childrens Museum and Playground is an accessible park for people with disability located in Owensboro, Kentucky - Disabled World.

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Owensboro's Lazy Dayz Outdoor Children's Playground Serves Children and Families of All Abilities - This past month, EDSA participated in the unveiling of Owensboro, Kentucky's latest, capstone project - Smother's Park - bringing another bright, energized, public outdoor space to the already thriving downtown district.

Smother's Park is the City's newest open space on the Ohio River and includes an interactive playground and outdoor museum; a permanent home for the Shelton Memorial, Owensboro's tribute to the men and women of the armed forces; two major water features and a riverfront promenade with numerous opportunities for special events, seating areas and places to enjoy the riverfront environment.

The interactive playground is called The Lazy Dayz Outdoor Children's Museum and Playground, and boasts as being one of the longest fully accessible playgrounds in the country.

It's "barrier free" design was inspired by a consensus building workshop held with elementary school children, and it allows children and families of all abilities to enjoy the entire park and facilities, as everything is ramped and ADA compliant. The design went above and beyond the minimum ADA requirements, and its goal was to become universally acceptable. During the grand opening festivities, it was heartwarming to see children in wheelchairs having fun in the interactive spray fountains and navigating throughout the ramped playground. Kissinger expressed: "Hearing the laughter of the children, and seeing the parents' excitement when they realized the kids could go up on the playground on their wheelchairs, have fun and play alongside fully abled kids, was so moving. It gives me a deep sense of pride to have been part of the playground's design."

This pocket city, where 96,656 people live, has invested in an array of development initiatives in health care, transportation, education, tourism and travel that focused on making the city and county more competitive in attracting residents and businesses through master planning efforts in the downtown core. At the helm of these efforts was EDSA, a Fort Lauderdale based planning and landscape architecture firm. As the planners and landscape architects, EDSA helped define, create and implement the resident's vision for an active riverfront.

EDSA is an internationally-renowned, full-service planning, landscape architectural and urban design firm with over 200 employees. Established in 1960, the Firm has extensive experience in attractions and entertainment, campus and cultural, communities and new towns, eco-tourism and environmental planning, hotels and resorts, as well as urban design. EDSA is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and has offices in Orlando, Florida, Beijing, China, and Baltimore, Maryland.

Pictures of the Playground:

Aerial view of the Owensboro Lazy Dayz Outdoor Childrens Playground
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Water pad at the Lazy Dayz Playground
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Another view of the parks accessible ramps in operation
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