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Lakewood playground, outdoor fitness zone earns award

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Lakewood's newest and most inclusive park recently earned the city a 2018 Metro Vision Award from the Denver Regional Council of Governments.

Carmody Park Universal Playground and Outdoor Fitness Zone, which opened in summer 2017, features modifications and options for visitors with disabilities, said a news release from the City of Lakewood.

The park was developed with significant community involvement, the release said, and what began as a traditional playground expanded to include fitness equipment near the children's play area so users can work out while watching their children play.

"This innovative development is sure to enrich the lives of many residents. Lakewood did a phenomenal job of gathering public input and building a park that serves the community's varied needs,” Douglas Rex, executive director for DRCOG, said in the news release.

The park and playground include amenities such as a year-round heated restroom, an adult-sized changing table, plenty of shade shelters and expanded parking. The adjacent Carmody Recreation Center allows residents to plan a whole day of play and outdoor fitness, no matter their age, physical or mental ability.

The award was presented at DRCOG's annual awards celebration April 25.

DRCOG's Metro Vision Award program recognizes exemplary projects, plans and initiatives that significantly improve the quality of life in the Denver region and its communities. The regional council has been honoring outstanding achievements for more than 30 years.

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