Complete design for an inclusive playground at Jackson Park in Hendersonville

The all-inclusive playground project for Jackson Park in Hendersonville has an official design.

The Henderson County Board of Commissioners reviewed the playground equipment plan, prepared by Barrs Recreation in Pittsboro, at Wednesday’s meeting of commissioners.

The suggested age range for the playground is 2-12 and the total user capacity is 294. The plan includes climbers, swings, slides, ramps, play panels and more .

Business and community development manager Christopher Todd told commissioners construction of the playground is expected to be completed this winter, with a target date for the ribbon cutting around Easter 2023.

The construction of the playground is divided into four phases. The total equipment price is listed at $245,916. This price does not include freight, unloading, material storage, excavation/site preparation, removal of existing equipment, removal of excess soil from foundation holes, site security, security surfacing, installation or sales tax (if applicable), as per the plan presented to the Stewards.

The total construction cost of the all-inclusive playground is estimated between $500,000 and $600,000. Earlier this year, the state granted $200,000 for playground equipment for the project. A $150,000 tourism grant through the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority will also go to the playground.

Other fundraising efforts are led by the Hendersonville Elks Lodge in partnership with Special Needs Sports and Henderson County Parks and Recreation.

The equipment plan for the Jackson Park all-inclusive playground in Hendersonville.

Jackson Park is the largest municipal park in western North Carolina. Its more than 200 acres are home to ball diamonds, basketball courts, tennis courts, a disc golf course, hiking trails, tennis courts, the Oklawaha Greenway, a bike skills area, tons of picnic tables, covered picnic shelters, dog area and more.

The old Jackson Park playground was removed in 2020 for security reasons.

Tax-deductible donations are accepted to cover the total cost of building the Jackson Park All-Inclusive Playground. To donate, visit www.jacksonparkplayground.com.

The equipment plan is available on the county website.

Harold B. McConnell