*Water Feature Closed 9/21-9/27
About the Park
On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the Spanish Fork City Council unanimously approved the purchase of 10.36 acres for a future all-abilities park located at 1321 East Canyon Road.
For several years, the Mayor, City Council, and staff have recognized the need for an all-abilities park in Spanish Fork City. A significant donation by a local family has expedited the park's priority.
"Words cannot express how grateful we are to this wonderful family for their extremely generous contribution to make our dream a reality," said Mayor Steve Leifson. "When completed, this park will improve the quality of life for individuals of all abilities in our community and throughout the region."
The compass you cross to enter the park suggests a sense of togetherness in a forward direction. In Latin, com means “with or together” and passus means “a pace, step.” The entire premise of the park is this idea of stepping together and having something for everyone.
The Sensory Garden is a quieter space to touch, smell, see and hear with a number of interactive toys and musical instruments. The garden acts as a refuge from the excitement and energy of the park.
The Incredible Tree stands 24 feet tall with a 16-foot platform and slide. Those in wheelchairs can enjoy the first level of the treehouse and even peer inside the tree trunk from an elevated platform. The metal slide on the playground has two purposes. 1) To eliminate static electricity from plastic slides that can negatively affect cochlear implants. 2) With a small seat at the base of the slide, individuals who need assistance to walk can scoot themselves over to await help while others continue to enjoy the slide.
The zip line feature contains two seats with seat belts and harnesses.
The Liberty Swing is a wheelchair-only swing. Those wanting to use the swing should be trained on its operation and will receive a key to access and use the feature.
The mountain, Ford Falls, river, and splash pad have the capacity to pump 750 gallons of water per minute. The ADA-ramp that goes through the mountain allows all visitors to access the sweeping vistas from the mountain overlooks.
A single entrance to the park was incorporated into the design after a design meeting with many special needs families. Having an enclosed park helps to keep family members safe, especially those prone to run or wander.
Another feature added after the design meeting with families was a number of family restrooms. All family restrooms have a toddler seat and one of the rooms contains a full-size changing table for bigger kids or even adults that need help changing.
Walking Trail: 2/3 mile per lap
Number (Varieties) of Trees: 285 (26)
Number (Varieties) of Shrubs: 3200 (50)
Sod square-footage: 215,000 ft2
The All-Abilities Park was designed by In Site Design, with input from several local families with kids with special needs. The goal of this park is to have something for everyone, regardless of their abilities.
The following Facebook Live video has more specifics regarding the park's design.
Below is a video about the park.
February 14, 2020: Spanish Fork City staff and representatives from In Site Design met with local families with children with special needs to reveal the park design and receive any additional feedback. Staff and designers also met with residents who live adjacent to the park to review the details of the overhead power line project, show them the park design, and answer any questions regarding the project.
February 10, 2020: Crews have begun the process of relocating the overhead power and communications lines underground. We anticipate that this portion of the project will be completed by March 31, 2020.
February 3, 2020: The home located on the park property has been demolished, making way for crews to begin prepping the land for construction.
Will dogs be allowed into the park?
Service dogs will be the only animals allowed into the park. This does not include emotional support animals. For other dogs, the dog park is just around the corner!
What are the park hours?
The park will be open from 9 a.m. to dusk.
Why is there a compass?
Compass comes from the Latin terms com meaning "step or pace" and passus meaning "together". This phrase encapsulates the purpose of the park as those with differing abilities step together and reach new heights.
Is there only one entrance to the park?
Yes! For the safety of patrons, there is only one entrance and exit to the park.
Can I rent the pavilions?
The bell-tower pavilion at the park is rentable. Other pavilions at the park cannot be rented.
What does All-Abilities mean?
The purpose of the park is to provide a place where families can play together regardless of physical ability or disability. Many of the features were designed to accommodate those with special needs, from our ADA ramps in each part of the park, metal slides for those with cochlear implants, and ziplines that have a pull-down harness. Our hope is that there is something for everyone and families don't have to split up and go to different parks because of a special need in their family.
What months of the year will the splash pad be open?
The splash pad will follow the splash pad season, open from around April 15 to September 15 each year.
How do I get a key to allow my disabled child to use the Liberty (wheelchair) swing?
Keys will be issued from the Parks & Recreation office located at 775 N Main St. We are open M-F 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
Who should I contact if I see an issue with the park?
If you experience an issue at the park, please contact our Parks & Recreation office at 801-804-4600.
How tall is the treehouse?
The Incredible Tree stands 24-feet tall with a 16-foot tall slide.