Aiken, SC – Feb 7, 2020 – Virginia Acres Park, the 46-acre park adjacent to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center located on Whiskey Road, is home to one of the most popular playgrounds in Aiken. This playground will undergo a major update in the next few months. Originally installed circa 1968, the playground has seen a few changes over the decades, with the last installation being in the early 1990s. The City’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department announces that work on the playground replacement project will begin today.

The playground will be closed from Friday, February 7 to May 1, 2020.

The project’s scope of work includes removing the existing play structures, resurfacing the ground and installing brand new equipment. The new all-inclusive playground includes 12,000+ square feet of multiple play structures and amenities serving ages 2-5 years and 5-12 years.

Replacing the playground at Virginia Acres Park has been in the works since the Capital Project Sales Tax voter referendum in 2018. The $600,000 project is funded through CPST funds and a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program. Playground plans include traditional swings and slides, as well as new features like a zipline, rope wall, rock crawl, musical panels, rocking and spinning seated elements, multi-user swings, dynamic discs and more. The entire play space is ADA accessible, and there are specific elements that are included for children who need greater accessibility. In all, the playground will offer 72 play elements for children in our community. The playground area will be complete with new benches and picnic tables.

“This park is a destination for families from across our community.” stated Parks, Recreation & Tourism Director, Jessica Campbell, “It was time for the playground to be replaced due to age, wear and tear. Its new innovative design and amenities will expand play values, age ranges and numbers of children served.”