Park goers can expect to
see new playground equipment in place by late summer 2017. A fire in February
damaged a majority of the popular park’s original central play equipment.
Fencing has blocked access to the damaged area since then. Working with
commercial playground suppliers and a small group of citizens, including two
Park Board Commissioners, Parks staff has designed a new layout and selected
equipment to fit the existing footprint. The design includes plenty of climbing
opportunities, accessible ramps, slides and interactive spaces to encourage
safe, and creative physical play for a wide range of ages and abilities. In
addition to replacing the fire-damaged play structure, the new design will
replace the existing tot lot. Familiar swings, bouncy features, a climbing bug
and the merry-go-round will remain as is. Work crews are due to remove the
damaged structures in mid-June and begin installing the new equipment by July.
The project should take about a month to complete.