5 JUNE 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aiken, SC – A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the opening of Virginia Acres Park’s newly renovated playground at 9:30 AM, Friday, June 5. The event was attended by Aiken City Council, Recreation Commission, and City of Aiken staff.
Replacing the formerly outdated playground equipment at Virginia Acres Park has been in the works since the Capital Project Sales Tax voter referendum in 2018. The $600,000 project was funded through CPST funds and a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program.
Work on the playground replacement project began in February 2020 and included removing the existing play structures, resurfacing the ground, and installing brand new equipment. The inclusive playground design includes 12,000+ square feet of multiple play structures and amenities for all ages, with highlights including a zipline, musical elements, multi-user swings, spinners, and more. The playground area is bordered with new benches and picnic tables.
“Playgrounds are fun to visit and beautiful to look at, but they also contribute to our community’s well-being. This playground was built to create joy and is a cornerstone for improved quality of life,” stated Parks, Recreation & Tourism Director, Jessica Campbell.
Virginia Acres Park is adjacent to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center located at 1700 Whiskey Road.
City of Aiken parks and playgrounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset and are tobacco-free.
Jessica Campbell, Director
City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism