Mahoney Playground Design Receives Recognition of Excellence

Published on March 06, 2024

Lincoln Parks and Recreation today announced that the design of the inclusive playground scheduled for installation this fall at Mahoney Park, North 70th and Fremont streets, has been designated as a PlayCore National Demonstration Site. PlayCore is a Tennessee-based company that develops leading research and innovative recreation products and services to build healthy communities through play and recreation.

“As we strive for a more inclusive Lincoln, building a play space where everyone is celebrated, not just welcomed, becomes possible. This space allows for joy, friendship, and connections for all,” said Lincoln Parks and Recreation Director Maggie Stuckey-Ross.

Stuckey-Ross said PlayCore recognized Lincoln for its commitment to provide a high-quality outdoor park destination that exemplifies evidence-based best practices in design, offers meaningful experiences, and thoughtfully supports health and wellness in the community. PlayCore cited Mahoney Park as a model project of excellence in the following categories: Outdoor Adult Fitness Parks, 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design, and Play On! – Promoting Physical Activity.

In February 2023, the City was awarded Land and Water Conservation Funds in the amount of $400,000, matched by city and private funds, to construct the Mahoney Park inclusive playground as envisioned in the Outdoor Inclusive Play Strategic Plan.

Inclusive playground design include physical accommodations that provide access and specialized equipment to meet certain needs, as well as provide opportunities for everyone to explore and play with children and adults who may have different levels of ability, said J.J. Yost, Parks and Recreation Assistant Director.

The Mahoney playground was designed by Park Planner Kaylyn Neverve with input from the Outdoor Inclusive Play working committee to promote physical activity, social interaction, and increase overall well-being among park visitors. The new play area will be within a fenced enclosure and include a pathway loop to access different play zones, open green space, and sensory gardens. The design includes a centralized shade shelter, drinking fountain, interactive water table, and new play equipment to provide accessible and inclusive play experiences such as swinging, sliding, rocking, climbing, balancing, imaginative play, and fitness.

For more information about the Mahoney playground and the National Demonstration Site recognition, visit For more information about the Outdoor Inclusive Play Strategic Plan, visit

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