Playgrounds

Project Summary

Replace playground equipment in 11 city parks.

Status: Construction scheduled for May 28-July 27 of 2018.

Gower Park (24 Evelyn Avenue): Installation completed June 15. Borders for zipline and ADA features will be completed by mid-July.

Holmes Park (111 Holmes Drive): Installation completed June 15.

Newtown Park (15 Cagle Street): Installation completed. Borders and ADA features will be completed by mid-July.

Pinckney Fludd Park (400 Pinckney Street): Playground installation completed. Borders and ADA features will be completed by mid-July.

Juanita Butler Community Center (2 Burns Street): Installation delayed due to a back order of parts. Anticipate completion of project by Friday, July 20. Borders and ADA features will be completed the following two weeks.

McKoy Park (19 Afton Avenue): Installation completed; park crews are managing an underground spring that was discovered during the project. Anticipated the playground will open on Friday, July 13. Borders and ADA features will be completed the following two weeks. Additionally, a toddler swing will be added to the project.

Skyland Park (37 Skyland Drive): Installation of new playground equipment begins Thursday, July 12. The new playground is expected to be open by Saturday, July 21. Borders and ADA features will be completed the following two weeks.

Rockwood Park (398 Meyers Drive): Construction anticipated July 16-20. Borders and ADA features will be completed the following two weeks.

Railroad Mini Park (32 Becker Street): Construction anticipated July 16-20. Borders and ADA features will be completed the following two weeks.

University Park (101 Brookside Circle): Construction anticipated July 23-27. Borders and ADA features will be completed the following two weeks.


Project Details

After completing a comprehensive assessment of all city parks, recreation facilities and amenities and developing a priority list of improvements, the City launched the Neighborhood Parks Program (NPP) earlier this year to address safety and equity issues and increase recreation uses citywide. Through the NPP initiative, the City is investing $2.8 million to make targeted improvements in a total of 24 neighborhood park spaces, with improvements ranging from lighting, fencing and trail/court resurfacing to the construction of new restrooms and the repair/replacement of pedestrian bridges in McPherson Park. The NPP funding will also be used for large-scale projects like development of the former Cleveland Park Stables property and creation of an updated master plan for Cleveland Park.

One of the larger NPP projects involves the installation of new playground equipment in 11 neighborhood parks. This project is scheduled to begin on May 29 and weather permitting, will take approximately four weeks to complete. The new equipment is designed for ages five through 12 and is ADA-accessible. Once the new equipment is in place, new safety surfacing will be added to the play areas. The size and design of each playground will vary from park to park, but each will include a variety of climbing, balancing, sliding and spinning elements. The playgrounds at Gower Park and the Juanita Butler Community Center will also include zip lines.