Courtney's SandCastle all-access playground is nearing construction of its second phase, the city of San Clemente announced.
The city is soliciting for contractors to install a sensory garden, consisting of aromatic plants and shrubs, a musical pathway and interactive water features into the playground at Vista Hermosa Sports Park.
“This will provide children with multi-sensory components to explore,” a city press release states.
The sealed bids will be opened Oct. 17.
Courtney's SandCastle Charitable Foundation, the local nonprofit set up to support the playground – which opened in February of 2012 –handed over $340,000 it raised to the city in August for the Phase II portion. The city contributed another $110,000 to round out the $450,000 needed.
The playground is designed to be accessible for kids of all abilties; it's wheelchair accessible and features tactile and auditory elements that can be enjoyed by blind or autistic children.
The project was initiated by local girl Courtney Faye Smith and her family, who is now a student at San Clemente High School. The idea was born because the family had to travel miles from their San Clemente home to find a playground accessible to their disabled daughter when she was a little girl.