Newtown Parks & Recreation Department has announced that “Dickinson Park Playground is closed until further notice. The construction company is [in] the final stages of completing the playground. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated at this time.”
The playground, within the town park at 50 Elm Drive, was dedicated on July 26. The new playground, called FunSpace II, is a replacement for the former FunSpace, which was built in 1989. The former playground was razed last year due to age and deteriorating condition.
Although the new playground was dedicated last month, the facility was not completely built, with some construction remaining to be done, so the playground has not yet opened to the public.
Assistant Director of Recreation RoseAnne Reggiano told The Bee on Tuesday afternoon that signs that had been put in place at the playground have been disappearing.
“Everyone has to stay off” the new equipment for a little longer, she said. If park visitors and the weather will cooperate in coming days, the playground could be open as soon as next week.
“Please be patient,” said Ms Reggiano.
Resident and landscape architect Billie Cohen designed the playground. Pat Corsetti, Inc, of Mamaroneck, N.Y., constructed the playground.
The playground covers about 1.5 acres. It has natural elements, climbing stones, stationary musical instruments, and a zip line, among many other features. It is handicapped accessible.
“We will send out an email when the playground is complete,” the August 5 notice from Parks & Rec concluded.