Acacia Park Construction Update
Slated for Summer 2020
The newly designed Acacia Park is on its way to becoming reality in the Summer of 2020. The original playground was removed due to a Public Works Sewer Pump Station project underneath the park area, which presented an opportunity to upgrade the park upon completion. The existing grass area that is currently in place is just a temporary solution while the project moves through the various stages of design and public bidding.
The Recreation and Parks Department, along with RHA Landscape Architects-Planners, LLC, hosted a series of community workshops in 2018/2019 to seek the input from the community on what to include in the design. While retaining the outdoor pool was a priority for many residents, the cost to renovate, operate and maintain the pool compared to the actual usage of the pool was deemed by the City Council to be too costly. Therefore, the design option that was ultimately selected includes the removal of the outdoor pool and restrooms, which provides more year-round play value and expanded playground and swing set. The total allocated budget for the project is $850,000.
The new playground is sure to be an amazing and exciting location for kids of all ages and abilities. The swing set will allow for six swings, an accessible merry-go-round feature will invite kids and adults alike with limited mobility, a toddler playhouse and a tall shaded structure with long slides will invite the adventurous kids. The theme of the playground is the beach, and the surfacing will be playground to emulate sand and water. A large central grassy area will invite running, picnics, and other games, while pathways, trees and a sensory garden will appeal for those quiet, reflective moments.