By Bryan Boggiano
Construction for a new playground at Riverside Park is expected to begin in early summer, and an opening date is tentatively set for early fall, according to city officials.
The news comes as the city commission approved updating an in-place contract at their May 17 meeting that would increase funding for the project located at 205 Coral Ridge Drive.
Currently, the city has a contract with Kompan, Inc., with an annual expenditure of $100,000 to provide outdoor playgrounds and fitness equipment. The commission initially approved the agreement in 2021 and renewed it again in 2022. It will be good through June 30, 2024.
At the meeting, the city commission approved increasing the funding to $450,000 annually through June 30, 2024.
Conceptual designs from Kompan feature a wide variety of play features, including a small play area with a slide and other interactive features, a swing set, and a .jungle gym underneath a shaded canopy, referred to as Riverside Park Dome.
The primary colors are orange and blue, although it is unclear whether this is a nod to the University of Florida or another reason.
Riverside Park’s new playground comes as city officials seek to offer more amenities for park users in southern Coral Springs.
In 2022, officials said the city planned to use $700,000 in ARPA funds to construct a new fitness area. Renovations include a walking path with fitness machines, QR fit stations, misting stations, a fitness obstacle course, two social spaces, and group fitness areas.
Plans also called for two sprint hills that are 30 feet and 20 feet.
Officials projected that the project would begin in Spring 2023 and finish in the summer.
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- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan is pursuing his masters in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.
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