Construction will begin later this month on a new playground in Southeast Raleigh.
The old playground Lee Street Park, located at the corner of East and Lee streets, has fallen into disrepair. Every year, Raleigh sets aside money to repair or update playgrounds, and Lee Street Park made the list this year.
“I’m hopeful that kids will enjoy the playground and that parents and grandparents will spend a lot of time there,” said project manager Luke Wallenbeck.
Six months ago, Raleigh staff reached out to the Central Citizens Advisory Council and asked for volunteers to serve on a design committee.
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City staff also held a public workshop in the neighborhood, inviting parents to learn more about playgrounds and children to draw and submit their favorite playground features.
Community members said they wanted colorful equipment, a large slide, swings and rhythm and drums features. All of that ended up in the final design, Wallenbeck said.
After parents raised concerns about the playground’s sand surface and visibility, the new design features rubber and concrete and structures that should allow parents to keep easier watch on their kids.
The new playground will also be more accessible to people with disabilities, Wallenbeck said. In addition to the new surfaces, the design includes a ramp.
“There’s a lot of children in this neighborhood, from toddlers to high school students,” Wallenbeck said. “I think they will be excited to try it.”
Madison Iszler: 919-836-4952; @madisoniszler