Livingston donates chair to ANT

Livingston County Photograph Adirondack chair swings such as this one seen on Livingston County’s Murray Hill Campus in Mount Morris have been donated to the Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park.

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

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

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

“The Central Services staff members have been busy constructing Adirondack chair swings for placement at multiple locations around the 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 all to enjoy!”

The Livingston County Board of Supervisors authorized the chair swing donations during its April 28 board meeting.

Construction on the mile-long, looped trail began in February.

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

Specialized elements such as cuddle swings, gliders, and “alone zones” are also planned for the trail, each created with the intent of providing a more inclusive environment for visitors of 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 of the trail and station — an important addition creating purposeful consistency and predictability for visitors.

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

Perry Central School will execute operating and maintenance plans for the trail and will also serve as its communications hub, officials said. A school staffer will manage a grant to develop an interactive website to assist visitors.

Camp Puzzle Peace will create, develop and operate programs for young people with autism and all other visitors to the trail.

For more information about the ANT, visit: https://autismnaturetrail.com/.

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