The Monroe City Council authorized 2018 Parks Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for replacement of the 25-year old playground at Skykomish River Park, which is a listed project in the 6-year CIP of the Park Plan. The playground has outlived its service life, replacement parts were becoming non-existent, and features were dated and lacking the inclusive, challenge and motion elements that the playground industry of today offers.
The Monroe Park Board reviewed the existing playground equipment and recommended that the project include new active play features and improved ADA accessibility. A public Open House was held in January where participants viewed colorful information boards that displayed several feature options and concepts such as inclusive units, themes and freestanding units and voted on their preferences and voiced comments and suggestions. The ideas and conversations from the open house have added detail and nuance to the final play equipment design.
Design criteria established for the new playground include features that encourage multi-generational play, ADA inclusive play spaces that intentionally break down physical and social barriers to play, playful public art that enhances the visual appeal of the park, and advanced climbing challenges and motion activities that appeal to older children who seek a more adventurous play experience. Surfacing improvements such as the use of rubberized surfacing is also part of the playground design.
This exciting new project is anticipated to be completed this summer! You can view a computer generation video clip of what the new playground will look like here: https://youtu.be/f7Mt0HqJZrc