The City of Springfield has announced a significant upgrade to Garner Street Park thanks to a $500,000 Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grant awarded by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).
The playground at Garner Street Park will be replaced, providing an improved recreational experience for residents and visitors alike.
The LPRF grant, which was secured through a competitive application process, is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the Springfield Parks and Recreation Department to enhance the quality of life in the community. The grant will provide crucial funding for the construction of a brand-new, ADA compliant playground. The new playground will include sensory features that allows children of differing ability levels to play together. The grounds and section of the equipment will also be wheelchair accessible.
Springfield Parks and Recreation plans to begin the removal of the existing playground equipment on Monday, September 18, 2023.
Construction of the new playground is expected to begin in 2024. The temporary vacancy will assist with the upcoming skate park installation near the playground at Garner Street Park.
As part of the removal, the Springfield Parks and Recreation Department will be keeping and storing the existing donor posts from Playground 2000. Donors who would like to pick up their donation posts are encouraged to contact The Center at 615-382-1655.
The playground will close to the public on September 18, 2023 while the removal is completed.
During the removal, park visitors are encouraged to explore other amenities at Garner Street Park and utilize alternative playgrounds nearby at Martin Luther King Jr. Park and J. Travis Price Park.
This project represents a significant step forward in the ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life in Springfield. The Springfield Parks and Recreation Department is committed to ensuring that the community has access to exceptional recreational facilities for years to come. Additional proposed projects at Garner Street Park include the installation of two pickle ball courts and renovations to the restroom facilities.