Tuesday, March 19, 2013

'State-of-the-art, fully inclusive' remake envisioned for LeBlond

Cincinnati's first recreation complex to utilize the principles of universal design will be built on the 2300 block of Riverside Drive in the East End.

Being developed by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC), the LeBlond Regional RecPlex is envisioned as a state-of-the-art, fully inclusive and accessible indoor and outdoor recreation area that can be enjoyed by people with or without disabilities.

The project's first phase, estimated to cost $775,000, will include:
  • A fitness room expansion and new equipment, much of which will be adapted for people who use wheelchairs or have mobility impairments;
  • An inclusive playground that will include electronic sensory components, double-wide ramping, slides and swings, climbing elements, musical instrument instruction, interactive panels, a rubber safety surface, and seating areas;
  • A multi-sports court for adapted sports, including basketball, football, tennis, volleyball and shuffleboard;
  • An outdoor shelter that can accommodate approximately 40 people; and
  • A half-mile fitness trail loop that will connect to the Ohio River Trail and will include accessible workout equipment.
The project's $2.5 million second phase will include a new indoor aquatic center to accommodate CRC's Therapeutic Recreation Aquatics Programs, with a large four-lane warm water pool and a six-lane lap pool; and a sensory garden that will stimulate the senses through the use of scented and edible plants and trees, sculptures, sound, and water components.

No timetable has been set for construction.

The Cincinnati Recreation Foundation is accepting tax-deductible donations for the facility. Donations can be made online, or send your check or money order to the Cincinnati Recreation Foundation; 805 Central Ave, Suite 800; Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Previous reading on BC:
Survey online for 2015 Oakley Rec Center renovation (3/7/13)
City to try again for $500K Riverside Rec Area grant (2/26/13)
Planning Commission approves California land sale for development (8/20/12)
Walnut Hills park wins $15K grant (7/12/12)
Lease agreement means new arts center for Price Hill (6/28/12)