O'Brien Park playground equipment to be updated

All-new structures will be built from scratch

Posted 12/3/19

Kids and parents will have a say in what the future of O'Brien Park's playground will look like, and the Town of Parker is encouraging as many people as possible to provide feedback for the downtown …

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O'Brien Park playground equipment to be updated

All-new structures will be built from scratch

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Kids and parents will have a say in what the future of O'Brien Park's playground will look like, and the Town of Parker is encouraging as many people as possible to provide feedback for the downtown park.

The Town of Parker is reaching out to residents for input from the pubic to consider when drafting renovation plans for O'Brien Park, at 10795 Victorian Drive, which is scheduled to begin construction in August 2020. The park opened in 2005. All the playground equipment will be replaced.

The town budgeted $875,000 for the project.

Dennis Trapp, project administrator for Parker Parks and Recreation, said the renovation is like a “clean sheet of paper.”

“Even though (the park is) safe to use by all age groups, it's had more maintenance issues as it gets older, plus … there's been a lot of new and creative playground equipment that have come out, so we have an opportunity to not only replace all the equipment out there, but to update it,” Trapp said.

The town launched the beginnings of the project in September and will conduct its second of three community workshops Dec. 10 from 4-6 p.m. at the Parker Fieldhouse. The final renovation plans are expected to wrap up by next summer with construction to begin that August.

Through its community engagement platform “Let's Talk Parker,” the town conducted its first community workshop Oct. 19 at O'Brien Park, soliciting feedback from local park-goers and kids on what they would like to see come out of the 2020 renovations. Kids were even encouraged to hand-draw their own dream park. Trapp hopes the same from the Dec. 10 workshop.

Of the 23 respondents from the open house, 16 were children, who also had the opportunity to draft their own ideas for their dream playground.

“We really wanted to engage the parents and the kids, so our first workshop was literally 10-2 at the playground itself. We got a ton of input from both kids and parents, looking at a lot of depictions of different playground and equipment,” Trapp said. “That was really, really helpful.”

Participants were asked to vote on 46 different facility options, the most popular choices being the inclusion of an integrated sloping play structure, various climbing features and a ground-level trampoline, according to the minutes taken from the Oct. 19 community open house.

“Swings, slides, and lots of play options for kids of various ages seem to be some of the most popular answers for the favorite features at the existing O'Brien Playground,” the minutes state. “Some of the features participants wish they could have include more swings, climbing features, hill feature and slide, monkey bars, shade, nature play, and a variety of sensory elements (trampolines, music, etc.).”

Other features people suggested included a splash pad, extra restrooms, a zipline and parkour obstacles. To view the full minutes from the open house, visit LetsTalkParker.org.

Trapp said the team planning the O'Brien Playground renovations looked extensively at area parks to see what is new and cutting edge.

“Going through those,” Trapp said, “it became obvious, even though our playground is popular and has a good location, it needs refreshing.”

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