By Jean Lotus
The Park District of Forest Park this week released a preliminary image of the new playground planned for next spring. Local children were invited in the past weeks to select their favorite playground equipment, including a "standing seesaw," twirly "whirlwind seat" and a spinning "merry go-all."
The playground will be divided by a path into big-kid and preschool sections. The new swing set will have two regular-size bucket swings, as well as two toddler and two accessible swings.
Additionally, the park's gazebo will be torn down and replaced with two structures: a 16-square-foot gazebo and a 32-square-foot gazebo, which will shelter a picnic area, according to Recreation Supervisor Rachel Entler.
"There will be new, padded landing areas and mulch and there is also a new proposed entry way," Entler said.