The park district got plenty of kid input when designing the Park's new playground. Construction begins this spring.Courtesy Park District of Forest Park

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.

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