Volunteers helped remove the memorial pickets that enclosed and helped fund the original structure, and they have been salvaged along with embellishments and sponsorship plaques. Pickets can be claimed online and picked up at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex until October 30, 2019.
The new design incorporates iconic elements and new features the community asked for during 2017 open houses and surveys, including a hydroplane, the cable bridge, a lighthouse and a Lampson crane. The new playground can be navigated by users with wheelchairs or mobility limitations.
With a significant commitment to help fund the completion of the rebuild of the Playground of Dreams in Columbia Park, kids will be swinging into summer on new equipment when school gets out.
On February 19, the City Council agreed to the naming rights sponsorship, which leaves about $100,000 left to raise. The major contribution by Toyota of Tri-Cities ensures the next construction phase of the inclusive and iconic playground will start in late April. It will be completed as early as Memorial Day if the remaining funds are raised.
A wide variety of playground toys are available for sponsorship, ranging from the popular zip track and slides to the iconic Cable Bridge and lighthouse.
The first phase of the rebuilt Playground of Dreams in Columbia Park opened for play in December with the help of a significant contribution by the Tri-City Water Follies Association.
Colin Hastings, President of the non-profit Tri-City Water Follies Association, presented a $75,000 check to help fund the first half of the playground replacement, which appropriately includes a hydroplane toy representative of the Columbia Cup event that has taken place on the nearby river every July for more than 50 years.