Dublin achieved a major feat toward its goal of making city recreation facilities more accessible to all residents last week when it officially opened Imagine Playground, the Tri-Valley’s first all-abilities playground.
Located at Dublin Sports Grounds on Dublin Boulevard and Civic Plaza, the $5.06 million project was unveiled at a grand-opening ceremony on March 6, where local officials and community members alike gathered to mark the occasion and appreciate the new facilities.
“The city saw a tremendous need for this project, not only in Dublin, but in the greater Tri-Valley region,” Dublin Mayor Melissa Hernandez said in a statement. “The feedback from the community has been overwhelmingly positive. I can’t wait to see this playground being used and enjoyed.”
Breaking ground in October 2019 as an all-abilities space at the popular Dublin park, the Imagine Playground includes an all-inclusive picnic area, upgraded landscape, parking facilities, and pathways to improve accessibility and connectivity to other park features including various sports fields and a new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant restroom facility, city officials said.
To complement the new facilities, a new public art piece “Conversation” by artist Barbara Grygutis has been installed near the playground, which will be illuminated every evening for visitors. City staff said the piece is intended to emphasize the “uniquely human ability to transcend difference and find common ground through conversation.”