The downtown playground is a project located on the Elm Street Arts Village event green property along Market Street between Oak and Maple Streets. Due to the trees and in an effort to work with the existing landscape, the playground is deigned to be a 'natural playground' incorporating elements and textures from the landscape. The playground will include an ADA accessible boardwalk to enter the site from the corner of Market and Maple Streets which leads to an accessible play area. This area includes elements meant to engage users with music and building pieces. A natural path will lead from there through hammocks and tables to another play area which includes a 20 ft tall jungle explorer dome designed for children ages to 5-12 to interact in different ways with the structure. Additional features include climbing mounds and tunnels through earthen berms.
While every effort has been made to design and build the project within the existing tree canopy, some tree removal will be necessary for safety.
The total budget for the playground is $510,000 and has been funding utilizing SPLOST and Parks and Rec Impact Fee Funds.
Completion of this project is anticipated to be May 2020.
A permanent restroom facility will also be installed at the Noonday Creek trailhead and Market Street adjacent to the playground. The unique 'shipping container' design will provide a much needed public facility in the area that will be open during trail/playground hours and other special events.
The total budget for the restroom project is $130,000 and has been funded utilizing SPLOST and Parks and Rec Impact Fee Funds as well as contributions from the Downtown Development Authority and Elm Street Arts Village.
Completion of this project is anticipated to be April 2020.