It's as if an orange maze has sprouted and replaced the Chastain playground. Hundreds of feet of bright construction fencing weave through the six-acre hillside that sits above Wieuca Road. Soon, work will begin to replace the 10,000-square-foot existing playground with 40,000 feet of play space for toddlers through teens. The orange barriers provide a sense of how large the new playground will be.
Six months from now (targeted completion is December 15) there will be separate play areas appropriate to a child's age. There will be a restroom, a pavilion, a tree house, giant slides and much, much more. There will be shade against the bright midday sun that bakes the playground now. Although the playground is closed for construction, what springs up in its place will be more than worth the wait or any other inconvenience.
More than $2 million has been raised or pledged toward the $2.8-million campaign the Chastain Park Conservancy has undertaken to build the new playground. But the time is now to replace the 15-year-old, one-size-fits-all playground that has outlived its useful life. The balance of the funds needed will provide additional play equipment and a much-neede maintenance program to insure the playground remains in tip-top shape.