Blacksburg Seeks Comments On Playground Redesign By 9/11 | Lifestyles

The Hand-in-Hand Wooden Playground, located on Turner Street in Blacksburg City Park, was built by community volunteers in 1992. The 30-year-old structure has brought joy and entertainment to many children, but it shows a lot of wear and tear and should be brought up to current national safety standards.

Leathers & Associates, the same company that helped design the original playground, will once again work with the City to design and install a new custom-designed destination playground using modern materials. The city plans that this playground will continue to serve children ages 2 to 12 and will include benches and small tables throughout the playground, as well as woodchips (made of engineered wood fiber) like base.

It is important to the city that this playground continues to reflect the imaginations of our children and the wants and needs of our community. Therefore, citizen feedback is invited on the new playground design by Sunday, September 11. What did you like about the original Playground that you want to see included in the new Playground? What theme do you want the new playground to have? Which playground elements are most important and exciting to you?

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The contribution of children is welcome, encouraged and essential!

There are three ways to participate:

1. Complete the online playground survey on Let’s Talk Blacksburg.

2. Give us a drawing. If you could build your own playground, what would it look like? Download drawings, pictures or other ideas for the playground on the Let’s Talk Blacksburg Hand-in-Hand project page.

3. Participate in the city’s interactive engagement event on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Blacksburg Recreation Center at 755 Patrick Henry Drive. This event will include fun and interactive activities for your children to give their opinion on the new playground.

Leathers & Associates will use all community input to create two concept plans for the new playground. Citizens will then have the opportunity in October to select the plan they prefer. The winter of 2023 will be devoted to finalizing the plans, ordering materials and starting work on the site. The city plans to unveil the new playground in May 2023.

– Submitted by Heather Browning

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