The Henry Ford to build new playscape in Greenfield Village

DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Henry Ford plans to take children back to the Roaring Twenties with a new historically-themed playscape.

The museum announced plans for the new playscape at a groundbreaking ceremony April 17. The playscape will be located in Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford.

Part of the 1920s construction site-based playground will be an interactive steam shovel, a cement mixer and an interactive boiler feature.

Two actual artifacts – a 1931 Ford Model AA truck and a 20-feet-long boiler tunnel that originally sat near the Armington and Sims Machine Shop inside Greenfield Village – will be on-site at the playground.

The playscape will meet all accessibility standards. It will have multi-level topography with ramp accessibility and ADA accessible bonded and concrete rubber surfaces.

A press release says it will be a place where "where children of varying physical, developmental and sensory abilities can play and learn together within the same environment."

Other playground attractions include a rock climbing wall, water tower and swings.

The playscape is made possible through a donation from Don and Mary Kosch. The Henry Ford plans to open it to the public in the fall.

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