Playground of Dreams Rebuild
Toyota of Tri-Cities Secures Title Sponsorship
With a significant commitment to help fund the completion of the rebuild of the Playground of Dreams in Columbia Park, kids will be swinging into summer on new equipment when school gets out.
On February 19, the City Council agreed to the naming rights sponsorship, which leaves about $100,000 left to raise. The major contribution by Toyota of Tri-Cities ensures the next construction phase of the inclusive and iconic playground will start in late April. It will be completed as early as Memorial Day if the remaining funds are raised.
A wide variety of playground toys are available for sponsorship, ranging from the popular zip track and slides to the iconic Cable Bridge and lighthouse.
Phase 1 Open, Phase 2 Coming in Spring 2019
The first phase of the Playground of Dreams rebuild is open until April 2019, when it will be temporarily closed for installation of the remaining play equipment. The second phase is expected to be complete this spring.
The original wood structure that endured 19 years of weather and heavy use was removed in 2018, and is being replaced with a modern one that is safer and allows children of diverse abilities to play side-by-side with their peers. Volunteers helped remove the memorial pickets that enclosed and helped fund the original structure, and they have been salvaged along with embellishments and sponsorship plaques. Pickets can be claimed online and picked up at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex.
Original supporters will be recognized along with the new sponsors of the rebuilt playground. The playground was built by and continues to be owned by the community, and the contributions and memories that have been made over the years will be honored. To ensure future generations also get to make memories, replace if necessary.
The new design incorporates iconic elements and new features the community asked for during 2017 open houses and surveys, including a hydroplane, the cable bridge, a lighthouse and a Lampson crane. First phase components will be connected by ramps and the second phase of the site poured with a surface that can be navigated by users with wheelchairs or mobility limitations.
The city budgeted $325,000 toward the $1 mil. inclusive playground, and are fundraising for the balance. Private contributions total $180,000 to date, and major corporate sponsorship partners are being sought. This is a highly visible attraction that creates a lot of happiness and impacts countless families. For sponsorship information, please contact Emily.Estes-Cross@ci.kennewick.wa.us.
Water Follies Sponsors Hydro Toy
The first phase of the rebuilt Playground of Dreams in Columbia Park opened for play in December with the help of a significant contribution by the Tri-City Water Follies Association.
Colin Hastings, President of the non-profit Tri-City Water Follies Association, presented a $75,000 check to help fund the first half of the playground replacement, which appropriately includes a hydroplane toy representative of the Columbia Cup event that has taken place on the nearby river every July for more than 50 years.