Livingston County Donates Swings to Autism Trail | Local News

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Livingston County will donate two Adirondack-style swings to the Autism Nature Trail in Letchworth State Park.

Known as the ANT, the trail is a one-of-a-kind trail designed for people with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.

The chair swings were built by the Livingston County Central Services Department.

“Central Service staff have been busy building Adirondack swings for placement in several locations around Livingston County campuses, including Al Lorenz Park,” said Deputy County Administrator Bill Mann. “We are happy to contribute two of these Swings to the Autism Nature Trail for everyone to enjoy!”

The Livingston County Oversight Board authorized donations of chair swings at its April 28 meeting.

Construction of the mile-long loop trail began in February.

The trail will feature eight stations offering a range of experiences from silent engagement to active exploration and adventure. Planned stations include Sunshine Slope, a gently sloping maze in a natural glade, Music Circle, a circular pine grove with nature-inspired instruments; and Meadow Run & Climb, a space dedicated to running, jumping, climbing, balancing and testing strength, coordination and confidence.

Specialized elements such as swings, gliders and ‘secluded areas’ are also provided for the trail, each created with the aim of providing a more inclusive environment for visitors with different needs and abilities.

Adjacent to the Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth State Park, the trail and stations will be marked with signage telling visitors what to expect as they approach each curve in the trail and station – an important addition creating consistency and a useful predictability for visitors.

The trail is developed by the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Other partners include the Perry Central School District and Camp Puzzle Peace in Rochester.

Perry Central School will execute the operations and maintenance plans for the trail and also serve as a communications hub, officials said. A school staff member will manage a grant to develop an interactive website to help visitors.

Camp Puzzle Peace will create, develop and manage programs for autistic youth and all other visitors to the trail.

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