The City of Springfield Board of Mayor & Aldermen approved a contract with Great Southern Recreation for a new playground at Martin Luther King Jr. Park during tonight’s board meeting. The contract includes the playground, pouring in place surfacing, and shade sail seating.
The playground is part of a larger project partially funded by a Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grant of $500,000 that was awarded to the Springfield Parks & Recreation Department. The full project includes a walking trail and two multi-purpose fields with bleachers at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
“For years, Martin Luther King Jr. Park only had playing fields,” said Terry Martin, Springfield Parks & Recreation Director. “With the addition of playground as well as the splash pad last year, Martin Luther King Jr. Park will be used as much in the summertime as it is in the fall.”
The following renderings show an overview of the site. The grounds and sections of the equipment are wheelchair accessible. The facility is a model inclusive playground with sensory features that allows children of differing ability levels to play together. Construction is anticipated to begin in October 2020.