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New Playground at Springfield Elementary Open!
New Playground at Springfield Elementary Open!
Mark Ricker
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The new Playground at Springfield Elementary School was completed in October.  Community members are welcome to utilize Adult Fitness Stations located on the perimeter of the playground outside of school hours.

The new Playground was designed for kids in grades K-3, although older children are also enjoying playing on it. The Playground includes several climbing apparatuses, slides, bridges, and an increased number of swings.  The design is interesting and provides young minds with imaginary locations for their play.  The Playground has a Poured-in-Place (PIP) Safety Surface. PIP has become the surface of choice for playgrounds in recent years because it is a highly durable, permeable, slip-resistant surface that provides cushioned safety.  

The design of the new Playground area includes several Adult Fitness Stations on the perimeter.  The new and “very cool playground” will attract kids in after school hours, and the Fitness Stations will allow adults and parents to exercise while the children play.

The number of Outdoor Adult Fitness Parks is increasing in communities across the United States.  Exercise is important for all ages.  It reduces stress and improves cardiovascular health, strength, and flexibility.  The new Playground Structures and Outdoor Fitness Stations are designed to encourage physical activity and will serve entire families well into the future.

The Playground and Fitness Stations were funded through generous grants provided by the Colorado Health Foundation, The Bernard C. and Hazel Neill Foundation, The Cooper-Clark Foundation, and The Rutherford Foundation/Charitable Trust.  Xi Delta Iota Sorority, the Springfield Recreation District, and the Springfield School District also contributed to make this project possible for our community.

The Design and Construction of the Playground was completed by Performance Recreation, headquartered in Pueblo County.  Performance Recreation specializes in all aspects of the recreation industry.  They have completed several school and city park playgrounds in southeast Colorado, including the City Park in Swink.  A well-known project of Performance Recreation was the design and installation of the Denver Broncos Headquarters Synthetic Turf Indoor Practice Field. 

Outside school hours, the new Playground is open for kids and community members to utilize.  Bring the kids to play and exercise themselves, while you learn and work on your own physical fitness!