Published on June 16th, 2015 |0
Event begins construction of ‘Play Chastain’ children’s learning area
40,000-square-foot outdoor natural learning environment, Play Chastain.
The $2.8 million capital campaign project of the Chastain Park Conservancy is part of the Master Plan agreement with the City of Atlanta. Construction was scheduled to begin on Monday and to be completed by December of this year.
Play Chastain will serve 85,000 children within a 5 mile radius of Chastain Park.
In addition to Chastain Park Conservancy Executive ‘Director Rosa McHugh and board Vice chair and Play Chastain project leader Jay Smith, attendees at the Friday event included former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, Atlanta City Council Member Yolanda Adrean, playground designer Cynthia Gentry and Bill Caldwell of Harrison Design, a board member of the CPC and design consultant for Play Chastain.
Also attending were Michael Halicki, executive director of Park Pride, Atlanta Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Amy Phuong and Andrew Lindsay, president of Astra Group, the construction company that will be building Play Chastain.
In her address at the groundbreaking, Atlanta Councilwoman Adrean said, “Play is the work of children. When we play together, we learn to work
A special part of the program was an address by 12-year-old Leland Jones, a local resident who sent a letter to the president requesting more space to play in 2013.
The CPC has set up a crowdfunding campaign on its website to close the funding gap of $500,000. For just $6.25, a donor can provide a playground experience at Play Chastain to one toddler, child or tween.
Additionally, donations can go to a specific piece of equipment such as the Triple Oodle Swings or tree house. For more information, click here.