Updated: Sep 23, 2020
In the summer of 2019 the Treehouse Playground needed to be removed because it had become dangerous to the children of the community. This blog and the ones that follow will detail the process of designing, fundraising and implementing our new Bowie Nature Park Playground.
Once the playground was removed, a citizens group was formed to begin the process of redesigning and rebuilding the playground. In the fall of 2019 the Design Selection Committee came together for it's first meeting and began to layout the ground work for how they would choose a vendor and asked for feedback from the community. During this process, two surveys were created. One for children and one for adults. The information that was gathered informed the team greatly about what the community as a whole would like to see included in the design.
Another part of the information gathering stage was for the design team to visit many of the popular and / or recently built playgrounds in the region. Future blogs will show those findings. This was very helpful to the group. It helped us realize the importance of small of the little details that make a big difference. Such as surfacing. Bonded rubber paths are really quite necessary to create a pathway that is easy to navigate for children and adults of all abilities.
After the team had interviewed several different vendors and collected many types of data, it was time to start narrowing the field. We made a list of must-haves and a wish list to send to the vendors we preferred. They came back with preliminary designs and quotes. We were able to narrow the field from this and after another round of review, we chose the company that would best fit our communities needs. Great Southern Recreation is a fantastic fit for our community. They have been wonderful to work with thus far and continue to provide support all the way through the process. To top it off, they are a local company based right down the road in Murphreesboro.
That is where we are so far. Keep checking back for future blogs for progress updates!