Children from the Learning Tree School huddled around the city officials as they presented the wet land-themed, eco-friendly improvements at the western section of Juniper South Playground.
“One of the things we tried to do is take care of the planet and the environment,” said Benepe, who explained that the aesthetic used to create the playground derived from the fact that in 1915 the park was originally Juniper Valley Swamp.
“This park really captures the history of what was once here,” said Crowley, who also discussed the accessible play equipment added to the park and noted that the design was created to help the environment.
“When it rains, surfaces will absorb the rain, they are not going into the sewer and clogging up the septic,” she added.
The new playground, which now includes two slides, a sitting area, climbing equipment and a spray shower, was designed to look like a pond and was created with $750,000 in funding allocated by Marshall.