A 17-year-old park in Highlands Ranch is getting a $160,000 facelift. Redstone Park playground, 3280 Redstone Park Circle, east of Shea Stadium, is undergoing a transformation that is expected to be …
A 17-year-old park in Highlands Ranch is getting a $160,000 facelift.
Redstone Park playground, 3280 Redstone Park Circle, east of Shea Stadium, is undergoing a transformation that is expected to be complete by mid-January, dependent on weather.
Constructed of wood, the former playground needed an upgrade.
“We try to replace one (park) per year, and with the old one being wood and the dry climate, it just didn't hold up,” said Ken Standen, facility supervisor at the Highlands Ranch Metro District, which owns and maintains 25 parks in the community including Redstone.
The playground has been closed for about a month, with 75 percent of the new equipment now completed, Standen said. When it reopens, families can expect, “more activities, more slides, added shade and added sensory activities that weren't there before,” said Standen.
Suitable for ages 2-12 years old, the playground will offer more “inclusive play,” Standen said. New features include a large swing that can fit two or three children, a climbing net and rockers — small pieces of equipment that rock back and forth, helping develop coordination and balance. Sound panels, along with sand and water features, are being added to encourage sensory play.
The 6,900-square-foot structure will be built of metal posts and platforms.
The new playground is funded by the metro district's Major Repair Fund, which was created in 2004 to provide a long-term source of funding to replace or repair aging infrastructure, such as fire stations, park facilities and metro district buildings, according to the metro district's website.