The Ferryway School tot lot will receive upgrades Spring 2020 to make it accessible to all children, including those with physical mobility challenges. The Ferryway School has a number of children who use wheelchairs and who are currently unable to access the playground. The project is part of a larger commitment by the City of Malden and the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) to ensure that parks, playgrounds and public facilities are accessible to everyone.
The improvements include a new accessible synthetic turf with an eco-friendly crushed quartz infill, two playground benches and a freestanding “3-in-a-Row” game play panel that is accessible to children in wheelchairs. The project will be administered by the MRA and paid for using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Proponents of the project, which was approved as part of the CDBG annual budget last year, include Mayor Gary Christenson and Councillor Peg Crowe.
Work will begin in April and will be conducted by contractor Belko Landscaping of Salem, New Hampshire. Shadley Associates is the landscape architect. Construction is expected to be completed before the end of the school year.