Playground For All in Chestnut Ridge Park opens

Orchard Park

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — A very special project in Orchard Park is finished — the Playground For All at Chestnut Ridge Park.

The playground is a fully accessible space for children and adults.

Everything is made with a universal design that allows for a sensory-rich environment. It also has a scenic look at the park’s sledding hill and is located next to the casino.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz opened the park Friday at 11 a.m.

Erie County leaders said a lot of teamwork went into making this park a reality.

“You have great partners. you have a ton of volunteers and you create something like this. Which just can’t happen, Erie County can’t do this by themselves. So we’ve had unbelievable partners and donors that contributed to this project,” said Troy Schinzel, commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Forestry.

“Thank you to the many community builders volunteers who had worked with us in August putting the equipment together and setting it in the proper positions. You saved us an enormous cost with your hard work and effort on those community build days,” added Gorden Panek, president, Chestnut Ridge Conservancy.

Erie County is already setting aside another $2 million to make five more of these playgrounds.

They’ll be built over the next two years.

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