MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Together we raised over $50,000 to fund the complete redesign of Robinson Park Playground.
This summer the Park People teamed up with a group of passionate residents to raise funds to support the redesign of the Robinson Park Playground in east central Denver!
The park's existing playground equipment was installed in 2000. After twenty years of intensive love and use by Denver children, it is in significant need of an update. Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) has planned a complete redesign of the playground to provide today's and tomorrow's children and grandchildren with a rich, engaging experience based on current best practices in playground design.
The City allocated $750,000 from the Elevate Denver Bond program and DPR's Capital Improvement Program for the playground and the park's basketball court. Unfortunately, this budget was not sufficient to cover all the elements of the playground redesign, including several important elements that will enhance the usability and expand the range of ages served by the playground.
However, residents rallied to ensure that Robinson Park Playground will be rebuilt to its full potential! A group of concerned neighbors partnered with The Park People to raise an additional $50,000 needed to construct three park elements that will complete the playground renovation:
- shade sails to provide much-needed shade cover for playground users and their adults,
- musical instrument play features to stimulate the senses with an added element of the play experience, and
- a sand play area to provide a fun and safe creative-play environment for young park users, including the littlest.
Outdoor play is key to early childhood development. Playgrounds in our parks help children develop creativity, curiosity, confidence, and social skills like cooperation and leadership. They also provide important avenues for physical exercise and help our children burn off all that energy!
These added playground features will support the usability of Robinson Park's playground as well as the range of ages and uses that the park provides.
Design work for the full project is complete, incorporating community input. Reconstruction of the playground is slated to begin in early 2021 (anticipated completion fall 2021).
Our deep gratitude to the dedicated volunteers on our Robinson Park Playground Committee and to the 170 families, foundations, and businesses who have contributed to this campaign. This project demonstrates the power of partnership and of community coming together!
The full list of contributors will be published in upcoming days.
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