San Marco children enjoy new playground in Landon Park

San Marco children enjoy new playground in Landon Park
San Marco children flock to Landon Park to enjoy the new Kompan play equipment installed by the city in November.

Dozens of neighborhood children flocked to San Marco’s Landon Park Nov. 16 to enjoy the new state-of-the-art Kompan equipment recently installed by the City of Jacksonville.

“It’s been fantastic to have this here, and I like that it only took them two weeks to put it up,” said Darrell Crethers, a San Marco resident who lives nearby. “My daughter loves it.”

It took two years of careful planning by the City of Jacksonville and the San Marco Preservation Society (SMPS) to finally bring to fruition the new playground equipment in Landon Park.

“It’s such a great improvement. I’m very excited,” said San Marco resident LeAnna Cumber, who spearheaded the project for the preservation society. “It will be great for everyone, from babies, who are crawling, to teenagers. It’s going to be such a fun park for all of us.”

In order to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the City spent $85,000 to refurbish the park with new Kompan play equipment and other new amenities. Among the new features are two ADA-compliant paths, a picnic area, new swings, a cube, “spinner bowls,” and a “super nova,” as well as a refurbished drinking fountain.

Kompan playground equipment is carefully designed to stimulate certain types of physical play, social interaction, and learning capabilities. Some of the old playground equipment will still remain, but the tall steel slide that has been a fixture in the park for decades has been removed.

Also in the works is a new, refreshed formal rose garden, which will be planted by the San Marco Garden Circle in January. Having lost most of the bushes to saltwater intrusion during Hurricane Irma in 2017, the Garden Circle has already removed all the old plantings and plans to replace them with 100 boxwoods and 24 rose bushes.

“With the new playground, that whole area will be a great stop between San Marco Square and the development that will eventually happen along San Marco Boulevard to Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center. It’s a nice flow,” Cumber said. “You can go to San Marco, get some coffee and easily walk over there with your kids. It’s a great neighborhood park.”

By Marcia Hodgson
Resident Community News

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