The Irmo community will soon welcome the expansion of a park offering a space where children of all abilities have the opportunity to play.
A groundbreaking celebration for the expansion of Leo’s Landing Inclusive Playground will be held Aug.12 at 10 a.m. at Saluda Shoals Park East (6071 St. Andrews Road).
“The expansion of Leo’s Landing will add an additional two acres of inclusive play space to the existing playground, completing the long term vision for the project” said Meredith Bugenske, director and founder of Leo's Pride. “The design is a result of brainstorming sessions with teachers, school administrative staff, inclusion nonprofit representatives, parents, community leaders, business representatives, board members and park staff. These groups imagined a playground to address the needs of all people.”
Leo's Landing was inspired by the Bugenske family's son Leo who was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Leo sparked the idea for his family to take on a project that created a play space accessible to all children.
Additional features being added to the park include:
- Connection Park – a low energy, decompression space providing opportunities for interpersonal connections in intimate spaces including a reading and kindness corner, hammock park, hobbit village and a whimsical tree
- Mogul Village – an off-trail adventure with topography changes to encourage imaginative exploration, experimentation and unstructured play like running, jumping, rolling and climbing through various terrain and equipment challenges.
- Mogul Outpost – featuring a swing where multiple children of all abilities can swing together and an open format and a play scape structure with intriguing challenges that defy expectations
- Zip Krooz – a high thrill two-way zip line which includes recumbent and disc seats for diverse skills and bodies
The park was designed by Morgan Grimball of Grimball Cotterill Landscape Architects and constructed by Contract Construction. The expansion a $1.7 million project adding to the existing playground, transforming the area into an immersive experience that connects children and adults of all abilities.
Construction is expected to be complete in early 2022, and sponsorship opportunities are still open for residents, organizations and businesses. Additional information can be found at online.