Bloomington: Bryan Park Playground Will Be Replaced This Spring

Bloomington, Ind. ~ Bloomington's Parks and Recreation department has announced plans to replace the juvenile playground at Bryan Park with updated and more accessible equipment. The playground, which is intended for use by children ages 5 to 12 years, is located near the basketball courts at 1001 S. Henderson St.

According to officials, the current play equipment was installed in 1999 and is the oldest playground in the city park system. After receiving feedback from community members through a survey in early 2023, it was determined that the playground needed to be updated. A public meeting was also held to gather further input on the desired equipment and design.

After considering seven different suppliers, Ohio-based Snider Recreation, Inc. was chosen to provide and install the new equipment. The new playground will feature two slides, an accessible carousel, a "Victory Tower" climbing structure similar to those seen on popular ninja-style obstacle courses, and other elements. In addition, new poured-in-place rubber safety surfacing will be installed to improve accessibility and safety in the area. The swings will also be replaced with engineered wood fiber surfacing underneath.

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The total cost for this project is $359,770 and will be covered by American Rescue Plan Act Funds. Parks and Recreation staff will begin removing the current playground equipment in early March with hopes of installing the new equipment in April, weather permitting. A ribbon cutting ceremony is tentatively planned for spring of 2024.

This update to Bryan Park's playground is a result of community input and a commitment from Parks and Recreation to provide safe and enjoyable play spaces for children. With these improvements, families can look forward to a more modern and inclusive play experience at Bryan Park.

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