Charlottesville's McGuffey Park is getting a renovation this week that will allow more children to use the playground. The changes will benefit other city parks as well.
The upgrades to the park increase the capacity of the play set from four or five kids to around 30. Crews are also putting in a set of stairs, making it easier for children to access the equipment.
The old play set will now be moved over to Washington Park, because it’s still in good shape.
The renovations were made possible in part by money saved on renovations in Pen Park earlier this month that were all covered under warranty.
Parks division manager Doug Ehman says, with five preschools near McGuffey, the work will be very welcome by the community.
"It gives more play opportunities. There's more stimulating play opportunities. It's just a much more diverse, much more play-friendly piece of apparatus the community can engage,” Ehman said.
Ehman says they hope to have the park reopened by Saturday.
On June 1, the North Downtown Residence Association has a grand reopening celebration planned for the park, featuring music, food, games, and an ice cream truck.
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