Butler County has new play areas

MetroParks announced that two playground areas under construction since earlier this spring are now open and ready for visitors.

MetroParks had planned to have both areas open by Memorial Day, however that deadline was extended due to excessive rains earlier in the season.

The play equipment installed at Forest Run MetroPark in Hamilton features multiple slides, climbing apparatus and two bridges. It was also installed in a meadow setting near a creek, restrooms and a drinking fountain.

The play equipment installed at Voice of America MetroPark features a three story tower with two slides and is also conveniently located near the Ronald Reagan Lodge for restroom accessibility.

"We have had many visitors express their surprise and disappointment when they arrived at these park areas and there were no playgrounds," Jason Boerger Chief of Operations and Public Safety for MetroParks said. "There are just some features that people expect when they visit a park, and play equipment is one of them."

Both play areas were built with poured-in-place rubber surfaces to minimize impact injuries from falls. The other benefit of this type of surface is that it is stable and smooth enough to also accommodate wheelchairs and strollers.

"It is exciting to finally be able to add elements of recreation to park sites across the county that offer play areas for all children to be able to access," Boeger said. "And we look forward to making more improvements to other park areas in the future as well." Other areas that already offer play ground areas are Sebald Park in Middletown, Rentschler MetroPark in Fairfield Township and Indian Creek MetroPark in Reily Township. These improvements were made possible by the passage of a 1/2 mill dedicated park levy in November 2010.

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