John D. Morgan (Budd Avenue) All-Inclusive Playground

(Updated November 11, 2019)

Location

540 W. Rincon Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008

Description

This project will enhance and expand amenities at the south end of John D. Morgan Park, near Budd Avenue. The project will design and reconstruct the playgrounds to increase play value and features to allow all-inclusive play.

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In November 2017, study sessions on the Parks Program were conducted for both the City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission (PRC). Many of Campbell’s parks are approaching the end of their design lives and are in need of renovation. Both bodies provided input on various approaches to park renovation. A recurring theme was to address the needs of all demographics in park renovation projects and to explore external supplemental funding sources such as grants.

In 2017, the Board of Supervisors of the County of Santa Clara established the All-Inclusive Playground Grant Program (AIPG) to provide grants to local agencies and non-profits interested in bringing all-inclusive playgrounds into their communities. AIPG funded playgrounds are required to provide design elements to address the needs of all, regardless of age and abilities. This may include people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Challenges, Visual and Auditory Impairments, Cognitive, Developmental and Physical Disabilities as well as medically fragile individuals.

In March 2018, City Council adopted a resolution authorizing the Public Works Director to submit an AIPG application to the County of Santa Clara for the John D. Morgan Park (Budd Avenue) Improvement Project 18-PP.  The City committed to allocating $1M in local match in order to receive the $1M in AIPG funds for a total of $2M. The City was awarded the $1M from the AIPG and subsequently entered into a grant agreement with the County of Santa Clara on November 10, 2018.

This project will solely focus on improvements to the existing southern play area adjacent to Budd Avenue. This play area is approximately 1 acre in size, including picnic spaces, play structures, swings, drinking fountain, ADA restroom, ADA parking, and gently sloping grass berms. The proposed project will completely remodel the existing play area into a destination all-inclusive playground. In the end, the goal of the project is to develop a park facility for seniors, children, and parents of all abilities, which aligns with the message, “Parks Make Life Better.”