This Morning: Kiwanis Park in Jackson is getting a face lift


Kids in Jackson will soon have a new playground at Kiwanis Park.

The $50,000 project will update the current structure with new features and make it accessible for kids with disabilities.

It’s a place where kids can get a little exercise and use their imagination.

But now, this decades old play scape is getting a much needed facelift.

“You can see damage, you can see rust underneath,” says  Elieen Lehnert, member of the Kiwanis Club of Jackson.

Between the outdated features and about 30-years of wear and tear, the play structure at Kiwanis Park no longer meets safety standards.

Why community members like Lehnert worked to raise $50,000 and change that.

“It’s just fun to see kids laughing and enjoying themselves,” says Lehnert.

Lehnert says the organization is celebrating 100 years of their club’s service to the community by raising funds through donations and grants to build a new playground at Kiwanis Park.

The Jackson Kiwanis Foundation donated $12,705, with the rest of the project’s funding coming from grants and donations from the Hurt Foundation, Margaret Myers, Dave Garcia, and the Law Offices of Howard Patch.

Lehnert says the park is one of the most used in the city.

“The census records show more than 800 children live in this general area,” says Lehnert.

Because of that, the new structure will include a few new features.

“They’ll still be the traditional slides but there will be different types of climbing equipment,” Lehnert says.

She says those include both mantra ray rope climbing area and a rock wall.

And that’s not all.

“The new equipment of course will be more inviting to kids, but most importantly it will be up to current safety standards and it will also be ada compliant,” says Lehnert.

Allowing kids to be kids, including those with disabilities.

Providing a space they can have fun for many more years to come.

“We want kids to put down their tablets and cell phones and get out in the fresh air, and play,” says Lehnert.

If you’d like to play a role in helping build the new structure, the Kiwanis Club of Jackson is inviting the public to help them start work at the park later this morning.

That will take place at 8:30am at Kiwanis Park.

All are welcome to attend.

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