Wheat Ridge families can now enjoy two new playgrounds at Apel-Bacher and Creekside Parks. The new playground designs were finalized using feedback from the community about each project site. The new playgrounds focus on physical fitness, imploring the six essential elements of play: sliding, spinning, swinging, brachiating, balancing, and climbing. This design is a national demonstration site for Playcore’s “Play-On!” playground design, which was developed in partnership with Shape America and Louisiana State University.
The design encourages children to move, explore, and engage in active play while providing developmental progression of skills for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level users. Both playgrounds are part of Wheat Ridge’s larger commitment to invest in outdoor recreation.
“I know these playgrounds will get a lot of use in the new year, and for years to come,” said Mayor Bud Starker. “We’re grateful to be able to serve and provide safe and high-quality recreation to the young people of Wheat Ridge.”
The Parks and Recreation department received discounted pricing on the new playgrounds through a Colorado Parks and Recreation Association and Playcore collaboration.
Reinvestment in Wheat Ridge City parks has been a top priority for the Council, as parks play a vital role in the health and well-being of the city and its residents. This past year Prospect Park reopened with major improvements including a Pickleball Court, and Panorama Park opened a new outdoor Fitness Court®. In 2023 the Parks and Recreation department will focus on improvements to existing parks, ADA accessibility, and a community gathering space at The Green at 38th.