The bright colors of blue and green will be dominant on the new Funtopia design that was unveiled Monday during an Elizabethtown City Council meeting.
The former playground at American Legion Park was razed last month. Built in 2002, the wooden structure, which had been a staple in Elizabethtown since it opened, failed to meet current safety standards during a recent playground safety audit. It had been closed for more than a year.
The city decided it was time to tear it down and build anew. Seth Breitner, director of parks and recreation, was the one to unveil the new design during Monday’s meeting.
The bid for the project was unanimously accepted by council to Miracle of KY & TN in the amount of $497,532. They were one of five proposals the city received for the project.
“After careful consideration and looking at the designs, it became very apparent and very obvious that Miracle stood above the rest,” Breitner told council members. He said the design was the most ADA accessible city officials received.
“Over 95 percent of this new playground is ADA accessible,” Breitner said.
The play equipment offers selections from Miracle Museum and Mini City, and includes an Alta Glide Flex, Inclusive Whirl, roller slide, sensory panels/interactive panels on the unit, Avalanche slide, and 10 swings including belt swings, tot swings, inclusive swings and generation swings.
Josh Wagner of Miracle of KY & TN said when discussing this playground, they wanted to do something that wasn’t just inclusive, but universal.
“When you think inclusive, you think wheelchair accessible. But when we designed this playground, we wanted to design something for an infant to a grandparent,” he said.
Wagner said the playground has more than 100 feet of wheelchair-accessible ramps.
“We want this to be a hub for everybody to come play,” he said.
The play space also offers shade and clear sight lines to allow the parent or caregiver to see their child from anywhere on the playground.
“One of the things with the old Funtopia is there were several places within that playground and structure that were not visible,” Breitner said.
Miracle of KY & TN has been designing and installing playgrounds since 1999. They have designed play spaces that range from $2,000 to $3 million.
Officials have said the new playground should be installed by the end of the year.