City Park Playgrounds Updates:
Installation of new playground equipment at the Reverend Ernest D. Butler Park is expected to be complete this month. The playground will have a new climber/spinner feature, benches, and concrete curbing around the perimeter; and the existing swing set will be repainted. The project’s timeline was extended by the discovery of substantial limestone bedrock underneath the playground, which required additional excavation to install support posts for the new playground structure. A reopening event will take place upon the playground’s completion.
Community members are invited to offer ideas for a playground at the Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park (Third Street Park) to replace the one that was removed as part of the City’s Hidden River Pathway Project (more information below). Comments, suggestions, and feedback about types and styles of playground equipment may be submitted at https://bloomington.in.gov/parks/parks/third-st-park. This input, together with that from other regular users of the facility, will inform the process of selecting the new playground equipment, which is scheduled for installation in late 2021.