Construction in underway on the newest destination My BackYard Playground that is coming to Great Bend.
“The equipment arrived on Monday and it is estimated that the playground will be finished in about four weeks depending on weather,” Executive Director of the Recreation Commission Diann Henderson said.
The playground is being built at the Great Bend Activity Center located at 2715 18th St.
The playground is broken into two different areas. One area will be for children ages 2-5 years old and another part will be for children ages 5-12. It will also be accessible for people with disabilities.
“It will offer enough challenges for children who are typically developing as well as those with limited abilities,” Henderson said,
It also features a walking path that is 1/8 of a mile long and will provide a place for adults to exercise while their children can play. The entire playground will be visible from the walking trail allowing parents to watch their children as they exercise. The walking trail also promotes a way for children to exercise with their parents.
Other features include: plenty of shade and benches, development of a sensory garden that encourages natural learning and relaxation; a memorial walkway that separates the 2-5 year old play area and the 5-12 year old play area; play components such as rock climbers, roller slide, spinners, a Cozy Dome, Smart Play Motion, Swoosh Slide, Net Plex, Flex Climber, Sky Port Climber, Omni Spinner, Bobbly Riders, Wee Saw and Topsy Spinner.
The Smart Play Motion playground piece for 2-5 years olds provides 16 interactive developmentally appropriate skills which includes a tunnel, moveable puzzle pieces, wiggle ladder, sand play station with sifters and seats, leaf trail, race car hot wheel track that winds through the playground piece that allows children to send balls or their toy cars down the track, sensory panels, bell ringing, steering wheel, alphabet panel and steppers.
This truly inclusive playground balances physical accessibility, age and developmental appropriateness, and sensory-stimulating play for children of all abilities. My BackYard features such playground equipment as the Omni Spinner, Roller Slide and Wee Saw. The Omni Spinner is and updated version of the old fashion merry-go-round, the Wee Saw is a new take on the traditional seesaws, which are wheelchair accessible and developed for children with developmental delays to play in the same setting as other children.
The Net Plex provides a futuristic climbing experience created from interconnected cables, net tunnels and climbing discs. The playground will include such features as rock climbers, gyro twisters and a variety of spinners.
The ZipKrooz is the latest in a zip line that brings this fast growing recreation sport to a playground in an exciting and safe way. This playground feature includes three total zip lines including a ZipKrooz Assisted seat.