New All-Accessible playground Ready at Aiken Library

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Construction of a new handicapped accessible playground, also called a “Boundless Playground,” began in mid-December on the grounds of the Aiken County Library on Chesterfield Street. The playground is designed to be accessible by physically disabled children and for children without disabilities. Several clubs in our area have financially supported this project, according to Aiken Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Glenn Parker. The bulk of the funding, $155,000 for the playground equipment, is Capital Projects Sales Tax money approved by the voters of Aiken County in 2010. Three local groups came together to make improvements within this City park, including a sidewalk from the parking lot to the playground. If there is money available after the playground and sidewalk are in place, Parker says he hopes to be able to replace the park’s gazebo and add some park benches. Leadership Aiken County 2010 raised $23,096.36 toward this project. The Moms Club of Aiken donated $1,368.87. The Aiken Junior Women’s Club donated $4,500 and Budget Sprinkler Systems made an in-kind donation of $5,000, for a total of $183,965.23. The park is located on land owned by Aiken County and is leased to the City of Aiken for a park and playground. Parker and Assistant County Administrator Brian Sanders worked out changes to the parking area. The previous playground equipment was auctioned off at Weather permitting, the new playground should be
ready for use soon after the first of the year.

Aiken PRT accomplished several other improvements in late fall and early winter of 2011. Delivery is expected soon for a mobile stage. Also paid with Capital Projects Sales Tax revenue, the new stage is expected to be very versatile and will be fully rigged with lights and sound.

Aiken PRT combined three projects at Citizens’ Park funded by Capital Projects Sales Tax cents: building a new parking lot with lighting next to the existing batting cages; a water park with a splashpad across the street from the new parking lot; and walking/biking trails. PRT is planning to make the splashpad available for rent for birthday parties and other private functions. The department is currently working with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control on the design of the splashpad, an item that is very popular at several parks around the state.

Upcoming Events

4:00 pm Energy and Environmental Meeting...
Energy and Environmental Meeting...
Apr 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Energy and Environmental Meeting April 18, 2024
Energy and Environmental Meeting 4:00 p.m. City of Aiken Municipal Building 111 Chesterfield Street South Room 203 April 18, 2024 Meeting Agenda
11:00 am Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior & Y...
Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior & Y...
Apr 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior & Youth Center Open House @ Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior & Youth Center Banquet Room
Join us for the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior & Youth Center’s Open House on Friday, April 19, 2024 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. This event is free for all ages. Enjoy exercise classes[...]
7:00 pm City Council Meeting
City Council Meeting
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
City Council Meeting
Aiken City Council Municipal Building, 111 Chesterfield St S Upstairs, City Council Chambers Work Sessions agendas will posted here before each meeting City Council Meeting 7PM City Council Meeting Agenda  ** This meeting will be[...]
5:30 pm Board of Zoning Appeals
Board of Zoning Appeals
Apr 23 @ 5:30 pm
Board of Zoning Appeals
City of Aiken Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Municipal Building, 111 Chesterfield St S Upstairs, City Council Chambers Regular Meeting 5:30 PM WRITTEN COMMENTS ARE ENCOURAGED. ONLY THE REGULAR MEETING WILL BE STREAMED LIVE ON YOUTUBE & 4[...]

City of Aiken Newsletter

Stay up to date with the City of Aiken along with alerts and events by signing-up for our newsletter!

General Information

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
8:10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mailing Address
P.O Box 1177
Aiken, SC 29802

Physical Address
111 Chesterfield St. S
Aiken, SC 29801