Construction has started on the playground at Legion Park, which is being completely replaced.
The new playground will have 50 different play features designed for children 2-12. Some of the highlights, according to a press release by the City Parks and Recreation Department, include:
- Expression Swing – The patented face-to-face design features a bucket seat for children under five and a comfortable adult swing seat that allows a parent and child to interact with each other and to experience one another’s facial expressions while at play.
- Zip Line – Introducing a freestanding Xtreme Play Activity, from GameTime that brings the excitement of a Zip Line course to the playground. This Zip Line will be 75 feet long and will be the first Zip Line on a playground in Kentucky!
- Poured-In-Place Surfacing – Similar to the surfacing found at Smothers Park.
- Fitness Equipment – Placed adjacent to the playground, fitness equipment will be the perfect complement to the playground and a great way for those who brought children to the playground to stay active and fit as well! Now workout and watch your child play at the same time!
The City Parks & Recreation Department reports the project will cost approximately $440,000. $85,000 was received via a grant from GameTime (the playground manufacturing company who also completed the addition of a playground at Old Germantown Park and the renovation of the Kendall –Perkins Park playground) which enabled the purchase of the fitness equipment and addition of poured-in-place surfacing over the traditional engineered wood fiber.
The playground at Legion Park was last renovated in 2000. Barring any catastrophic event, park equipment is replaced on a rotation, city parks officials said. Legion was scheduled next on the list to be replaced. Playground equipment at English, Kendall-Perkins and Goose Egg Parks were recently replaced as well.
The city is asking for patience and tolerance during this exciting new addition. Completion date is expected to be mid-April.
Only the playground will be affected. The walking trail, tennis court, restroom, shelters and basketball courts will be accessible throughout the project.
If you have any questions, call the Owensboro Parks and Recreation Department at 270-687-8700.