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Playground makeover begins at Hugh MacRae Park

Published: May. 13, 2016 at 1:35 PM EDT|Updated: May. 17, 2016 at 1:13 PM EDT
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A $750,000 makeover of the playground area at Hugh MacRae Park is under way. (Source: City of...
A $750,000 makeover of the playground area at Hugh MacRae Park is under way. (Source: City of Wilmington)
A $750,000 makeover of the playground area at Hugh MacRae Park is under way. (Source: WECT)
A $750,000 makeover of the playground area at Hugh MacRae Park is under way. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A $750,000 makeover of the playground area at Hugh MacRae Park is underway.

A crew began dismantling the large playground at the park this week in preparation for the construction of an inclusive playground.

The project was funded through a Trillium Health Resources Play Together grant.

"I'm beyond elated," New Hanover County Parks and Gardens Director Tara Duckworth said of the project. "I'm pretty sure I'll never have another chance to build a $750,000 park. I definitely never have before, and I've been doing this for 20-some years. Hugh MacRae is an excellent place for this. It's centrally located, and we get so much use out of the park."

Duckworth said the goal of the new playground is to be inclusive for all children. There will be equipment accessible for children with mobility issues and there also will be quiet, cozy places for children with autism.

Work on the playground is expected to be completed this summer.

Along with replacing the larger playground, the project will include a zipline, which will be about eight feet off the ground and a splash pad.

While the larger playground is closed as its being dismantled and constructed, the toddler playground remains open.

Once the features for the splash pad have been manufactured, the toddler playground will be dismantled and the splash pad will be placed in that spot.

The new larger playground will have two sections - one for children ages 2-5 and one for those ages 5-12.

The equipment currently being dismantled will temporarily go into storage but will eventually be moved to the playground at Northern Regional Park.

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