A working group has been formed to consider the future of the playground at Jacobson Park, the Lexington Division of Parks and Recreation has announced.
The group is made up of citizens who have voiced concerns or opinions about the current playground structure, said Geoff Reed, commissioner of general services.
In July, the city passed a budget that included $300,000 to tear down the sprawling wooden playground with its turrets, bridges, nooks and steps, and replace it with something safer that requires less maintenance.
But parents protested and formed a group to lobby for keeping the playground and a similar one at Shillito Park which is likely to be replaced next year. Both were built in the early 1990s as community projects.
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Representatives of the Save Jacobson Playground group are on the new committee, along with representatives of the Mayor's Commission for Citizens with Disabilities and Partners for Youth. Former council member Sandy Shafer, who spearheaded efforts to build the original structures, will join the committee, the city said.
Marc Leathers, son of Robert Leathers, who designed the playground at Jacobson Park, has been asked to come to Lexington to examine that structure and the one and Shillito Park to provide ideas and recommendations, according to the parks division.
Leathers & Associates, with offices in New York and Florida, is one of the nation's leading designers of custom playgrounds, and his report will be made public as soon as possible, the city said.
The goal in establishing the committee, Parks and Recreation said in Friday's news release, is to ensure the playground is constructed in a way that is safe, accessible to all and retains the creative features that have made it so special to the community's children for more than 20 years.
The committee's recommendations will be presented at a public meeting.