The Clinton Parks and Recreation Department has been working hard to complete the new playground at Kid’s Towne Park. Delayed by rain twice and then the Coronavirus shutdown, Parks and Recreation Officials hope to have the playground and park back open to the public on May 22, 2020.
Kid’s Towne Park is located at 915 Old Vicksburg Road in Clinton.
Renovation of the park highlights the City of Clinton’s commitment to preserving and enhancing the legacy of the 23 year old community built park. Upgrading the park to a new state of the art play-on play structure, reminds residents of the significant contributions of those who worked diligently to make the park a reality.
Kid’s Towne Park is the second public Playcore Play On! Promoting Physical Activity National Demonstration Site in the state of Mississippi. The first was the new playground at Clinton’s Robinson Park.
“Achieving this designation as the first and second play structure of its kind at a public park in the State of Mississippi is a noteworthy achievement by our Parks and Recreation Department,” stated Mayor Phil Fisher.
The National Demonstration Site is built towards allowing children to exercise while playing on the playground equipment. While childhood obesity is continually becoming a problem, these playgrounds allow the child to play and exercise at the same time while also having the most important function of having FUN!
The playground structure has 6 key play elements that promote fitness – balancing, brachiating, climbing, spinning, sliding, and swinging. Children exercise in different ways than adults which focuses on short bursts and using their bodies in different directions. The elements from this playground structure provide that ability for children.
Parks and Recreation Director Adam Wade stated that the playground elements are designed to stimulate the mind and imagination as well as provide physical activity.
“While a child uses the playground for exercise, they are also being challenged mentally and socially through the interactive elements now being designed into playgrounds. Clinton Parks and Recreation are excited to be the first park in Mississippi to achieve this designation.”
Kid’s Towne Park’s new playground features better sight lines and enhanced play elements for interactive play. A natural tree shade canopy to shelter users from the elements.
Parks and recreation officials plan to add new swing sets and an upgraded one mile walking trail to connect the Bark Park and Kid’s Towne Park to additional fitness opportunities.
Finally, new security systems will be installed at the park to monitor activity in the park.