Orange Park selects Playmore to build new playground at Clarke House Park

By Wesley LeBlanc wesley@opcfla.com
Posted 2/17/21

ORANGE PARK – The town council approved a contract with Playmore to create a new playground for the Clarke House Park.

The Town of Orange Park posted a survey on Facebook showcasing three …

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Orange Park selects Playmore to build new playground at Clarke House Park

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ORANGE PARK – The town council approved a contract with Playmore to create a new playground for the Clarke House Park.

The Town of Orange Park posted a survey on Facebook showcasing three different playground proposals for the park. Each differed in a big way and now, more than a month later, the town has revealed which proposal it chose.

“We’ve taken your recommendation to negotiate with Playmore,” town manager Sarah Campbell said during the council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16. “We have made some changes based on recommendations [though].”

Those changes include a toddler play zone and the addition of a sand box. The playground will cost $682,735, and materials to build it are expected to arrive in four to six weeks, Campbell said. She said she anticipates construction starting right around April 1.

Official documentation of the playground blueprint reveals that the capacity is roughly 450 people and that it’s designed for ages 2 to 12. It will have a perimeter of 643 feet and a total area of 20,015 square feet. The playground will have 36 “total elevated play activities” and 25-plus “total ground-level play activities.”

It’s 25-plus presumably because ground-level activities could theoretically be infinite depending on what children decide to do on the ground. Eighteen “accessible elevated activities” are required and this playground will have 36. Twelve “accessible ground-level activities” are required and the park will have 25-plus and on that same note, it’s required that there be five “accessible ground-level play types” and this new playground will have seven.

A look at the playground reveals a “Welcome to Clarke House Park Playground” sign in the town’s signature green and orange color scheme that can be seen elsewhere around Orange Park and an assortment of classic playground activities and new ones.

The playground renders feature a large row of swings, lots of spinning devices, multiple slides and perhaps most importantly for Florida, lots of shade. It doesn’t currently feature any trees, something many on Facebook requested when the survey was posted back in January.

The town hasn’t said when it expects to part to open.

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