SEMCIL to break ground on new, accessible, indoor-park

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(ABC 6 News) – Finding fun things to do in winter can be tough, especially if you’re trying to stay warm. For some, it’s not just about finding a warm place to go. It’s about making sure it’s accessible.

The Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living, or SEMCIL, is looking to change that with a new, fully-accessible indoor park. The more than $10 million project is several years in the making. SEMCIL came up with the idea because of the limited accessible recreation options in southeast Minnesota, especially the indoor options.

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“We really wanted to construct that outdoor feel and bring it inside with all the inclement weather,” said Jacob Schuller, executive director of SEMCIL.

“But also make it as accessible as possible for kids, adults, and everyone. With a disability, or without.”

Located off Superior Drive NW and Badger Hills Drive NW, the new facility will feature a playground and sensory equipment. As well as a full basketball court and indoor turf space.

“The prime accessibility piece is we are constructing a ramp that goes beyond just the ADA compliant slopes. And integrating a place, playground, play structures within that ramp structure. So there will be different landing pads as you can wrap around.”

Courtesy: SEMCIL

Schuller said there will be a price for admission but that could change over time.

SEMCIL is hoping to break ground sometime this month and have the park open late next year.