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“The Grove” All Abilities Playground in Rochester – Grant Approval

The city of Rochester is one step closer to installing a new playground. “The Grove” All Abilities Playground aims to provide a safe place to play and explore for both children and adults with special needs. The space design will also create a sense of community where individuals of all ages and abilities can experience the simple joys of outside play. The new playground will incorporate the Universal Access design which center around the eight key elements to inclusive playgrounds (more info). This will be the newest of just a handful of Southeast Michigan inclusive Playgrounds.

"The Grove" All Abilities Playground coming to Rochester, Michigan
Children enjoy the Universally Accessible Playground at Rotary Park in Livonia

The Grove” All Abilities Playground Funding

Earlier this month, Rochester was awarded a $797,000 grant by the House with bipartisan support. This grant award was one of ten (10) Representative Elissa Slotkin advocated for that will receive direct federal funding. Slotkin received over 50 submissions from Michigan’s 8th District, making this grant award all the more prestigious. 

Late last year, 2021, the City of Rochester also received a $225,000 Development Grant by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF), and this, in addition to the federal dollars, will go towards making the All Abilities Park a reality. 

“The Grove” All Abilities Playground Location

“The Grove” All Abilities Playground is slated to take over about one acre within the Rochester Municipal Park. Parking access will be located off the 500 block of Woodward. The new playground will be located near Halbach Field with nearby restroom access within 650 feet. In addition to the park amenities guests can enjoy easy access to the Paint Creek Trails nearby.

Get more information on the Rochester Parks Website:

Rochester Municipal Park

Rochester Municipal Park is a 40-acre park located just west of South Main Street and North of West University Drive in Rochester. There are paved parking lots available near Rochester City Hall as well as off Ludlow Avenue near the Rochester Community House.

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Certainly, check out some of the other places we have visited in Rochester, Michigan.  By the same token, you can find other parks and playgrounds in Metro Detroit.   Likewise, you might find your next adventure on our list of our top ten favorite playgrounds in Metro Detroit.

Other Rochester Parks

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