Work has begun on Havelock’s new $450,000, all-accessible playground funded through a grant from Trillium Health Resources.

HAVELOCK | Work has begun on Havelock’s new $450,000, all-accessible playground funded through a grant from Trillium Health Resources.
Tony Wise, the north Florida regional director for Precision Playgrounds, said the work should be completed in about three weeks.
The playground at Walter B. Jones Park is all accessible in accordance with standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“It’s going to be a nice installation,” said Wise, who installs playgrounds up and down the East Coast and has seen many new playgrounds.
The design of the steel structures in the park is fairly new, Wise said, and it includes a wide ramp for wheel chairs.
“The wheel chairs can get all the way up onto the 4-foot deck, moving from the 2-foot deck to the 3-foot deck to the 4-foot deck,” Wise said. “We have two shade structures on top of the playground to keep it fairly cool.”
The playground includes five slides, including a roller slide, as well as a wheelchair swing.
“You will actually roll into it, the ramp drops away and the whole thing is going to swing,” said Wise.
There will be three bays of swings on one side.
“One is for toddlers. One is for medium size and one is a normal, let’s go crazy swing,” Wise said.
A small zip line feature between 24 to 30 feet is planned, as is a four-seat merry-go-round.
The park will have two shades with a park bench underneath and a concrete slab for sitting.
The area in the middle of the playground is going to be PIP, which is a spongy rubber that is poured into place on the ground. The area underneath the zip line and underneath the adult and older children swings is going to be engineered wood fiber, or mulch.
Part of the installation will be 1,600 feet of walking path.
“Around the outside of the walking path at four different locations will be exercise equipment including a chest and pull, a bicycle and a bouncer,” Wise said. “There will be a 6- by 6-foot pad. So as you are walking you can stop at stages around the track, do some exercises, take a breath, walk on some more, and do some more exercises and walk on some more, so it will make it more for fitness and training.”