LAKEMORE  For the last two years, Lakemore residents and council members have been working to upgrade the playground at Dodd’s Lakefront Park.

Through fundraisers and the Summit County Public Health Department grants, the village has installed new playground equipment to make the park newer and more inclusive giving all children a place to play.

During Trick-or-Treat, held Oct. 27, families had a chance to see the newly installed equipment and receive a healthy snack from the Health Department. The celebration was to include the opportunity for children to try out the new equipment however, the rain curtailed that opportunity.

Between the hours of 5 to 7 p.m., families did stop by to learn more about the equipment and get a snack. 

The playground includes wheelchair accessible swings allowing kids confined to a wheelchair to swing by the lake. A cozy cocoon also has been installed which is for escaping overstimulation

The playground now includes wheelchair accessible swings, a "cozy cocoon" for escaping overstimulation. Also, the park has an engaging musical drum set. These additions were built to enhance the existing equipment.

Parents and leaders of the community wanted to upgrade the equipment for all children to use. They knew there was a need for more inclusive play opportunities. Now, the playground is an environment for meaningful play to enrich development.

Heidi Dressler, from the Summit County Public Health Creating Healthy Communities Program, said the project was made possible through the Friends of the Lakemore Parks, the village and the Summit County Public’s Healthy Communities’ Program.

Dressler said the equipment is designed for children to enjoy and the focus was to ensure that the parks created play environments for people of all ages and abilities.