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On Monday, May 24, the City of St. Augustine closed the southern section of Project S.W.I.N.G (St. Augustine’s Wish for Its Next Generation) playground due to its age and condition. The iconic playground was constructed in 1997 by the St. Augustine community, residents, and stakeholders.
“While it’s unfortunate that we had to close this one section of the playground, it opens the door for a new opportunity…” stated John Regan, City Manager. “The opportunity to rebuild this important piece of our city, and give it another 25 years of life, something for the next generation to enjoy.” The playground is 24 years old, making the year 2022 the 25th Anniversary of this beloved community project.
While City staff evaluates the structure and determines options for a future playground, the community is invited to offer input and feedback by completing an online survey at www.SurveyMonkey.com/r/ProjectSwing or by sending an email to ProjectSwing@CityStAug.com. Public input will close on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
Regan also commented “When we learned of the safety issues at Project S.W.I.N.G., our first priority was protecting the well-being of the children of our community. “There’s never a question when it comes to safety; however, the playground itself is a community treasure and we need to preserve it.”
While the southern section of the playground has been secured behind a fence, the toddler playground, swings, and pavilion remain open.
For more information, contact General Services at 904.825.1010.
For media inquiries, contact Melissa Wissel, Communications Director, at 904.293.3307 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.