Plans for KidsGround community build project revealed

Laura Sehn from Play By Design explained plans for the Cooper Park KidsGround community build project Monday night during a reveal at Lincoln School.

ROCHELLE – Kids, parents and other community members gathered at Lincoln School Wednesday night for the reveal of the new KidsGround rebuild project.

In October, Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District commissioners approved the company Play By Design to work on the proposed $450,000 project.

Lisa DeShano and Laura Sehn from Play By Design were on hand to announce the plans for the community project and kids in attendance were pretty excited about the features planned for the park.

DeShano explained to those in attendance that she and Sehn, along with park district director Jackee Ohlinger and Maureen Stevens, office/program manager for the park district, visited several classes of students at the local elementary schools Wednesday to ask student input on the design as well as had students sketch pictures of features they would like to see incorporated at the new KidsGround.

“We are really excited about this process,” Ohlinger said.

Wednesday’s reveal was a very rough draft of the proposed park. Some features include towers, a boat, an American Ninja-style course, several slides including an 8-foot twisty slide and a triple wide racing slide, tunnels, climbing nets, rock climbing wall, ramps, swings and a 100-foot zip line.

The play areas will be configured into areas targeted toward younger children ages 2 to 5-years-old and an area for children ages 5 to 12-years-old.

Residents are excited to see the finished project next summer.

“We just moved here and we haven’t even seen the old park yet but we’re excited to see this one,” Michelle Burnham said following the presentation.

Work is expected to be done at the end of June 2019 and completed in six days.

Stevens added that the existing KidsGround will most likely be disassembled this winter and early spring.

Volunteers will be needed for the community build project and in many different areas.

“We’re looking for people to head up committees – tools, site coordinating and food,” Stevens said.

Volunteers can sign up anytime now through the start of the project. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact the park district office at 815-562-7813 or text @KidsGround to 81010.

A more finalized plan is expected to be completed by Play By Design in the next two weeks.


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