Replacement planned for Laurel Hills playground
Another one of Raleigh's major playgrounds is set for demolition this year. All Children's Playground at Laurel Hills Park will be open until September when its scheduled to be razed.Posted — Updated
For nearly two decades, All Children's Playground at Laurel Hills Park in north Raleigh off Edwards Mill Road has been a much visited playspace.
The massive structure with its tunnels and turrets is a favorite place for kids to play. The city-owned park, which opened in 1991 after a week-long community build, is designed to be a place for all children (thus the name) to play in. There's a separate area meant for children with disabilities.
But the playground's age is showing. A portion was destroyed by fire several years ago. And the wood structure doesn't meet current safety standards. The sand surface, for instance, isn't wheelchair accessible. And while it was state-of-the-art back when it was built, playground design has come a long way since then.
The group, which includes the city's parks department, has launched a fundraising campaign to raise all the money for the project, which could cost as much as $1 million depending on the design. No city money is attached to the project, city park superintendent Wayne Schindler told me this week.
The goal of Sassafras' planners is to create an innovative playground that integrates the landscaping into the play area and includes play equipment for all kids throughout. Schindler said he expects it will become a destination just like Pullen Park is for the region.
The existing playground will remain open through about September when it will be torn down so construction can begin. But Schindler wants to emphasize that the existing playground is still open (there's been some misinformation out there, he said).
Learn more about the plans for the park with my interview with Schindler.
And check out the existing All Children's Playground in this video.
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