Overview

Age-Friendly Innovators is working with the City of Central Point Parks and Recreation Department and Twin Creeks Development LLC to create an Intergenerational Park, the first in Oregon, to serve a demographically diverse community offering a range recreational facilities for young and old alike.

Intergen park

The park will be located in the Twin Creeks transit-oriented development, Central Point, Oregon (population 17,500). When fully completed, the development will include approximately 400 single family residences, a 120-apartment and 19 cottage retirement “community” and a nearby 62-unit affordable housing complex for older adults.  At present approximately 260 homes have been completed within the Twin Creeks Development.

This diverse community is now home to the full demographic range including children, adults and seniors. With spacious streets and sidewalks on level terrain, this “walkable” community also provides ease of mobility for individuals in wheelchairs or motorized wheelchairs.
The proposed park will be built on 1.94 acres of level, undeveloped, land donated by Twin Creeks Development LLC. Once completed the park would become the property of the City of Central Point and be maintained by their Parks Department.

Underlying Concepts:

  • Innovative design elements that allow full cross-generation accessibility
  • Space accommodates age-diverse abilities
  • Park structures and equipment stimulate learning and promote physical activity

Possible Features and Attractions:

  • ADA-compliant benches, sidewalks, walkways and fall materials
  • LifeTrail Advanced Wellness System (or comparable outdoor exercise stations)
  • Spray Park area with ADA- criteria benches with arms; shade options
  • Multi-height drinking fountains
  • Covered sand-play area
  • Basketball, tennis, Pickleball and bocce ball courts
  • Children’s play structure
  • Tai Chi area
  • Bike rack
  • Little Library book kiosks

Current Status:

  • Obtained informal and formal city approval
  • Received Carpenter Foundation grant and AARP funding to complete site plan and landscape design
  • Completed survey of Twin Creek’s residents regarding park amenities most desired
  • Grant application submitted to Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) for LifeTrails system of outdoor exercise stations for older adults
  • April 2017 – Submission of Local Government Grant Program (LGGP) application for park amenities including children’s playground, restrooms and covered outdoor space
  • May 2017 – Groundbreaking and grading of site and prepping/paving pathways
  • July 2017 landscaping completed

 

Sharon@agefriendlyinnovators.org