Legislator Mills secures funding for all ability inclusive playgrounds in Erie County heritage parks and additional park and infrastructure improvements

Modified: May 13, 2021 2:26pm

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Erie County Legislator John Mills is proud to announce he has secured funds to install all ability inclusive playgrounds in each of Erie County’s heritage parks, in addition to investing in other park enhancements and road and bridge improvements throughout the County.

The inclusive playground project will include $425,000 in funding for each Emery, Chestnut Ridge, Como Lake, Akron Falls, and Ellicott Creek Parks to feature playground equipment accessible to children of all abilities. Legislators reached a deal with the Administration to fund the projects with cashas part of negotiations over the annual capital project bond resolution.  This agreement will fully fund the playgrounds in year one without adding any additional debt to the county’s finances.

Douglas DiGesare, CEO of ARC of Erie County said, “On behalf of the hundreds of families supported by The Arc Erie County New York and thousands of other children with differing abilities across Western New York, we commend Legislator Lorigo, Legislator Greene, Legislator Todaro, and Legislator Mills for ensuring that children of all abilities have safe and inclusive places to play in our public parks.”

Legislator Mills said, “An inclusive playground was proposed for Chestnut Ridge Park in January 2020 but additional funds were needed. The money we have secured today will make the project a reality in Erie County’s largest park space, which is also in the legislative district I’m proud to represent. I look forward to seeing these playgrounds come together so children can learn and play together in a safe, beautiful space in our community.”

In addition to inclusive playgrounds, the Minority Caucus secured funding for $1.2 million in improvements for all Erie County Parks, including the completion of the Lancaster Bark Park in Como Lake Park. Legislators Lorigo, Greene, Todaro, and Mills also negotiated more than $3 million in funding for road and infrastructure improvements beyond what was proposed by the Administration.