The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department (PRT) is providing playground upgrades to local parks based on input from the community.

Citizen engagement sessions were held from August 31 through September 2 at each respective park. The community voted on playground design options for the individual parks to assist PRT in selecting equipment.

The final selections along with color schemes are as follows:

HAMMOND-WILLIAMS PARK
Pyramid Peak
Papaya color scheme

CROSLAND PARK
Alchemy
Bayou color scheme

KALMIA HILL PARK
Double Trouble
Wisteria color scheme

In a City Council work session held on August 9, the scope of the projects were reviewed; including demolition, installation of new equipment, surfacing, and amenities. The final approval was given by City Council on September 13.

The funding for the new playground designs comes from voter approval of CPST IV projects on November 6, 2018, which included Neighborhood Parks Playground Replacement budgeted for $500,000.