Judson Park Redevelopment Project Complete – Both Playgrounds Now Open
Judson Park is officially open to the public after being closed since early July for improvements.
The two-to-five-year-old play area opened on Aug. 12 followed by the re-opening of the five-to-12-year-old playground on Wednesday.
The reopening of the five-to-12-year-old play area was delayed because the artificial turf that was to be put down got swapped out for fibar, an engineered wood material, Administrative Manager Susan White said.
The city’s urban forester determined that the artificial turf would damage the trees. The switch resulted in the project costing $31,192.25 less than expected.
The Friends of West U Parks Fund raised $176,040 for the project.
The southwest entrance to the park is currently closed while construction is underway on the new paver donor bench and updated paver walkway.
The project, which started on July 5, is being done in two phases.
The first phase includes replacement of the five-to-12-year-old play area, replacement of the two-to-five-year-old play area with a nature play structure, new turf throughout the park and new benches, and trash receptacles, amongst other things.
The second phase of the project, which is scheduled to begin in 2012, includes replacement of the wooden pavilion, picnic tables and new grills will be installed.