New Willow Creek Playground Welcomes Happy Visitors
Long gone are hot metal slides, iron monkey bars over a patch of asphalt and wooden teeter totters. Today’s playgrounds offer new and improved equipment and soft surfaces designed to enhance safety, yet provide a stimulating and fun environment.
Safety and fun were the two goals behind South Suburban's renovation of the Willow Creek Playground, which had its official dedication on July 23.
Big changes to Willow Creek Park
For the dedication, neighbors, children and the organizations involved in the plan came together to celebrate the new playground, which was part of a larger project in Willow Creek Park.
Last year, the adjacent Willow Creek Bridge was replaced and a section of the Willow Creek Trail was paved from the Bridge to County Line Road. The playground was the last and probably the most fun of the three projects undertaken in the park.
South Suburban Parks and Recreation, the City of Centennial and Arapahoe County Open Spaces jointly funded the project. The contractor was AJI, Inc., of Denver.
The project’s total budget was $640,000.
- $250,000 Arapahoe County Open Spaces
- $300,000 City of Centennial
- $90,000 SSPRD
The new playground replaces the original one, built some 20 years ago, that was known for its popular caterpillar climbing structure. South Suburban’s Senior Park Planner, Melissa Reese-Thacker, was able to save and repurpose the caterpillar’s head for the new playground sign - a part of the caterpillar lives on!
The playground features two separate playing areas: One for ages 2-5 and another for ages 5–12. It meets standards provided by ADA. The new playground focuses on inclusivity and accommodating individuals (children and adults) with disabilities.
Upcoming park projects
New improvements will be made to the Hunter’s Hill Park Playground in Centennial later this year. And, a brand new playground is being built at Province Center Park in unincorporated Douglas County.
Get out and play!
Breathe in fresh air, soak up the Colorado sunshine and enjoy time outdoors with family and friends. Parks and playgrounds are a great place to connect with neighbors and those in the community.
Although playgrounds have physically changed, they still have wide appeal and remain a favorite destination for children and those who care for them, as well as adolescents and young teens. With 60 playgrounds in the South Suburban Park and Recreation District, there’s likely a playground close by to explore and enjoy!