Help select new equipment for the playground at Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park at Kennebec
The play equipment at Sligo Creek Stream Valley Park at Kennebec has reached the end of its life expectancy. After an initial round of community input, park staff have developed a design concept for the new equipment. Please review and share your feedback!
Montgomery Parks is working on a project to renovate the playground located at the intersection of Sligo Creek Parkway and Kennebec Avenue in Silver Spring. The existing playground will be removed and replaced with new equipment in another location of the park, accessibility will be updated, the parking lot and trail will be relocated and there will be upgrades for stormwater management. For more information visit the project page.
Community Input and Playground Design
Community comments and input were gathered during a virtual community meeting on November 8, 2020, and through an online forum. Some of the activities requested were towers, climbing activities, belt swings, spinners and net climbers. Based on the feedback received, staff have developed a unique concept for the playground.
Please carefully review the concept below and tell us what you like about the concept and/or what you would like changed. Don’t forget to consult with the most important voices in playground design: the kids!
The equipment for this playground is designed around the fusion of both nature and city life, with towering rooftops adventurous play events and nonlinear climbing paths. Kids have unlimited possibilities to create an imaginative world of fun and exploration. The tower of the 5 to 12 year old structure is the focal point of this playground design and is 14 feet high and puts the kids right up in the trees! Users can choose from several possible routes to the top, taking on a new challenge with each climb and a variety of slides to return to the ground level and start all over. Transparency through the tower lets caregivers monitor activity from the ground. Elements from the large structure are replicated on a smaller scale for the younger park users. The smaller structure is suited for the younger users to their size and abilities. Nearly every surface on these structures is designed for play, allowing lots of kids to climb at once and creating endless opportunities for exploring. This option also contains a Super Nova, which is a spinner that attracts children of all ages and abilities. In addition to helping children train their sense of balance, spinners are just fun!
Click the links below to view additional renderings of the concept plan
We Want to Hear From You!
Did we leave a favorite piece of equipment out of the design? Please leave a comment on this page or contact Kathleen Dearstine, Project Manager, at [email protected] or 301-650-2883 with questions. Due to space limitations and safety requirements, we cannot promise all requests/ideas will be incorporated, but will do our best. More information on the project and timeline is available on the project page.
Comments are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. on October 20, 2021.
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