The Doneghy Inclusive Garden, named in honor of Charles and Lera Doneghy, was created by Metroparks Toledo and developed in partnership with Ability Center staff. The project was born from a quick conversation between Tim Harrington, Executive Director of The Ability Center, and Joe Fausnaugh, Chief of Operations for Metroparks Toledo.
Two years of conversation and collaboration brought this project to life on July 30, 2020 at a ribbon cutting ceremony at Toledo Botanical Garden. The Ability Center also provided a collection of accessible garden items to be used at the unique space.
(Accessibility amenities include)
• ADA compliant concrete paths at proper grades. Stamped concrete for contrast and change of texture at edges and intersections for those with visual disabilities
• Raised beds accessible to people who use wheelchairs
• A sitting wall built at ADA compliant height and depth
• Accessible spaces where someone in a wheelchair can sit with friends and family
• A rain curtain that provides a soothing sound barrier
• Visual, touch and sound elements that provide a comforting sensory experience, including plants selected for their textures, aromas and taste
• Plants selected have been shown to trigger memories for people with Alzheimer’s disease