Parks & Playgrounds are for EVERYONE!
Access to playgrounds and parks is a critical component of health and social equity. Low-income families are more likely to face transportation challenges and lack of easy access to outdoor play spaces.
Parks and playgrounds enable and encourage people of all ages and abilities to exercise and provide children with a place to play – critical for every child’s development. They are also an essential part of a city’s infrastructure supporting healthy, stable communities while improving psychological and social health.
Westside Park and Playgrounds is free for everyone, provides inclusive and inviting green space, and is within walking distance of neighborhood residents.
Serving Lowell Elementary School
- Lowell’s current enrollment is 310 students, and the school is expected to reach capacity at 500 students within the next decade.
- 90% of Lowell students qualify for the MCPS free and reduced meal program; the school also serves as an MCPS free summer meal program site
- 15% of Lowell students qualify for additional special education services
Meeting the Needs of the Community
- Westside Park provides the primary green space and playground for the Northside/Westside Neighborhoods and Lowell Elementary School
- 30% of Northside/Westside residents fall below the federal poverty level – compared to 19% city-wide
- Westside Park’s playground built in 1998 has exceeded its life expectancy of 20 years and needs to be replaced within 9-12 months
A park and playgrounds with improved visibility, modern play features for all abilities, and additional green space will meet the needs of this growing neighborhood and school.