Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer
Renovation work at Wilson Park is moving into the playground demolition phase this week as crews continue on a series of improvements to the iconic Fayetteville park.
The 20-year-old playground equipment is set to be removed and replaced as part of the project, which also includes the addition of a new musical playground and several parking infrastructure improvements.
Renovation work is funded in part by a $150,000 Arkansas Outdoor Recreation Grant, while the musical playground comes courtesy of a $30,000 donation from longtime local developer Fadil Bayyari.
The new playground facility will consolidate the two existing playgrounds into a more compact play area that can accommodate early childhood and intermediate users. It will consist of one large play structure with a variety of opportunities for ages 5 to 12; a similar small play structure for ages 2 to 5; and several freestanding components, games, and benches. The fall-zone areas beneath the play equipment will be surfaced with impact-absorbing, rubber tiles for safety. The larger play structure will be located on the same site as the existing intermediate playground, while the smaller structure will be located east of the existing picnic shelter.
The existing asphalt on the western entry from Prospect Street has been completely removed. The area will receive concrete curb and gutters prior to repaving. The drive will feature five designated parking spaces and the parking lot will be striped with designated parking spots.
Officials hope to have the work completed by mid- to late-June.