I was excited to learn late last week that the playground at Millbrook Exchange Park in north Raleigh will get a major overhaul this year.
The aging playground will close Monday and reopen May 30 after a massive project that includes brand new playground equipment, rubber surfacing and more.
Here's what's planned for the new playground, according to a Raleigh press release. Click here to find more pictures of the new playground (scroll down a bit on the page and you'll see a link to a pdf).
- A play area for kids ages 2 to 5 that will accommodate about 20 children. It will include composite play equipment with platforms and roofs, along with slides, climbers and acoustic instruments. A swing set will include one tot seat and one chair seat with harness. There will be two spring riders. One will be a horse, another a mini bike.
- A play area for kids ages 5 to 12 that will accommodate about 90 children. This includes composite play equipment with platforms and roofs. The multi-level play structure will have slides, climbers, overhead climbers, bridges, play panels and exercise bars. A swing set with two belt swings is planned.
Other highlights include poured-in-place rubber safety surfacing, except in the sand area. The sand area will have two sand diggers, including a wheelchair accessible digger. The sidewalk will be painted with two hopscotch games and a four-square game, the release said.
The city also is bringing in picnic tables, including one wheelchair accessible table, benches, shade trees, a centrally located natural area and fence.
Millbrook Exchange, 1905 Spring Forest Rd., is a great park, with a wonderful pool that's open year-round, along with a seasonal sprayground and wading pool.
The current playground, which included metal slides and a sandy surface, can definitely use an update. I'm looking forward to the changes!