On Friday, November 2 at 11:00 a.m., the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department will officially open the new playground in Riverside Park, 2238 Rivermont Avenue. This playground is the first public playground built in Lynchburg using the principles of universal design, moving beyond physical accessibility by providing a play environment that fosters independence and development of children of all abilities.
The play area includes a sensory walk constructed of colored and textured concrete walkways, a decorative brick paver pathway, assorted native landscaping, integral park amenities, several smaller pieces of play equipment, and a large train-themed play structure complete with a recycled rubber tile safety surface. The new playground is adjacent to the sprayground, expanding recreational opportunities for all families and children.
This project was made possible through a substantial commitment by the Lynchburg Rotary Club which raised and contributed $50,000 to purchase play equipment and led the community in a volunteer effort facilitating the completion of the playground installation. The Club’s fund raising efforts were supported by the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, the Easley Foundation, Wells Fargo, Genworth, Bank of the James and the many individual Rotary Club member contributors.
The Lynchburg Rotary Club joins other nonprofits that have made meaningful contributions to the efforts to renovate Riverside Park. Children and families of Lynchburg will benefit from their work and commitment for years to come.