New ADA playground is being considered in Reston

An example of a wheelchair-accessible swing (via RA)

A new American Disabilities Act (ADA)-friendly playground is in the works in Reston.

Reston Association is working with Friends of Reston to develop a playground that’s inclusive for kids with disabillities.

A location for the project has not yet been identified, according to Reston Association Chief Operating Officer Peter Lusk.

“RA has identified some funding for the project, and the two parties will continue to explore options as a joint venture,” Lusk said.

Lusk said that the project is still in the very early planning stages. A timeline was not available as a result.

At a meeting earlier this month, RA staff noted that there is significant staff and membership interest in adding more inclusive playgrounds to RA’s inventory.

The facility is described as a “destination level” playground and would cost between $250,000 and $500,000, depending on its size and features.

It’s likely the playground would be in south Reston since the Fairfax County Park Authority is planning to install a new park behind Home Depot at Reston North Park.

The project may be wrapped into RA’s next budget cycle, the early stages of which are currently underway.

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