LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– One of Lexington’s oldest wooden playgrounds is no more.
On Thursday, Lexington Parks and Recreation opened a new playground at Veterans Park.
“This playground is one of many we have repaired or replaced across our city,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “We have made it a priority to make sure our playground equipment is safe and accessible to all children.”
New playgrounds have opened at Jacobson Park, Valley Park, Douglass Park and Kenawood Park, among others.
The original Veterans Park playground was built in the late 1980s. “This new playground replaces some of the last standing wood equipment in Lexington,” Monica Conrad Director of Parks and Recreation said. “We’ve chosen unique, modern equipment that engages children of different ages and with different interests.”
At the new playground, children can enjoy miniature playhouses, spin on a modified merry-go-round, rock climb, swing, and more.
“The new playground combines some traditional play equipment and new ‘play pods’ that encourage children to be more active by walking from one play station to the next,” said Michelle Kosieniak, Parks Superintendent of Planning and Design.
The new equipment is near Shelter 1, which has been converted into a first-come, first-serve shelter so everyone in the community can enjoy it.