Fun, safe, inclusive play for all ages and abilities!
Visit the Hays ARC Park!
*Now Fundraising for Phase 3 Expansion*
Phase 1: Accessible Playground --DONE!!
The Hays ARC Park opened September 2021 and has since become a cherished community space. It features 15,000 square feet dedicated to accessible play -- featuring multi-generational equipment, sensory features, swings for all ages and abilities, and more, all in a fenced area with an oil and ag theme. Children with disabilities are safe and included here, while everyone can enjoy the playground. Lights and security cameras were added in 2023. The ARC Park was funded by foundation grants and many, many generous donations. It is located on 33rd Street, between Hillcrest and Canal, in Hays.
Phase 2: Splash Pad -- DONE!!
Next to the ARC Playground is the ARC Park Splash Pad. The Splash Pad opened for one trial week in October 2021, but officially for its first full summer in May 2022. It can accommodate up to 100 users at a time, all enjoying the safe, inclusive water features and fun for all ages. The Splash Pad utilizes a recirculated water system to conserve water. It is also fenced, like the playground. It is open mid-May through early October annually, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. A bathroom with full-size, adult changing tables is located next to the Splash Pad.
Phase 3: Even More Accessible Recreation!
Up next -- even more accessible recreation! The plans for phase 3 include 10 dedicated corn hole lanes with shaded dugouts, a Quantis play structure, two Pulse Tennis play courts, a sensory wall with graphic mural, and a new picnic pavilion for more events. You can help make phase 3 a reality with a donation today! We hope to build and open Phase 3 in 2024!
The Accessible Recreation Complex -- Hays ARC Park -- provides safe, boundless play opportunities for individuals of all ages and all abilities in one accessible spot. The complex includes a fully accessible playground for limitless play, a fully accessible recirculated splash pad, and soon even more recreation on Phase 3. It creates opportunities for collaborative play and social interaction for children of all abilities, promoting inclusion in our community, creating a destination showpiece, all while filling a need not previously met. Outdoor play stimulates speech, cognition, gross motor skills, fine motor skills and social skills more efficiently than any other method of instruction. The play space also promotes self-empowerment and imaginative play for all kids.
There are an estimated 1,400 children and adults with disabilities in our area -- and now they have a safe, inclusive place to play! The complex also draws families from surrounding towns, any wheelchair user, children with undocumented disabilities, families traveling through Hays, and ALL other children. All three plays spaces are greatly needed!
Funds for the ARC Park, as well as the design and project work, are overseen by local special needs parents and directors at The Arc of Central Plains. The total cost of Phase 1 and Phase 2 was about $2.1 million. The estimate for Phase 3 is less than $1 million. Fundraising is ongoing!
The ARC Park Playground and Splash Pad are located at 3300 Hillcrest Drive, in Hays
With easy access from I-70, exit 159.
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