Auburn Parks and Rec focuses on facilities for all

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Two playgrounds at the Duck Samford Sports Complex in Auburn are closed for renovations.

The renovations are a part of a larger plan for Auburn parks to be in compliance with ADA standards. The playgrounds will be receiving new new equipment, but also plan to use a turf surface rather than the commonly used mulch.

The turf will be laid on top of a styro-foam base which provides a soft landing area for any falls. According to Kevin Kelly, of Auburn Parks and Rec, the turf will also allow the playgrounds to be more accessible.

“We’re hoping putting this turf down will be much easier for those folks with disabilities,” Kelly said.

Kelly added project is possible thanks to a $60,000 contribution from the Auburn Baseball and Softball Association.

The playgrounds at Duck Samford park should be opened sometime between late August and early September.

In addition to the playground improvements, the city of Auburn is working towards an ADA park across from Wrights Mill School. That project is still in the early stages, but the parks department hopes it will be a destination spot for residents.

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