Play on: New Frances Anderson Center playground opens

Jun 12, 2018
Courtesy of: City of Edmonds City staff pose at the new Frances Anderson Center playground.

Just in time for summer, the city of Edmonds celebrated the grand opening of the new playground at the Frances Anderson Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, June 5.

The $150,000 structure, designed by Sequim-based AllPlay Systems, is the result of a process that started with 13 bids, which were narrowed to five and then presented to the public for voting both online and in person at the Frances Anderson Center.

Following more than 1,200 public votes and revisions based on public comments, the new playground design was selected this winter and the structure is now complete. The project came in under budget and on time, Parks and Rec Director Carrie Hite said.

The new green-and-blue playground contains several elements specifically requested by members of the public, including a spinner with a back brace to accommodate children with disabilities, and two play zones, one for 3-to-5 year-olds and another for 5-12.

It expands the footprint of the previous playground by 720 square feet and includes all playground safety standards.

“It is an attractive compliment to the new band shell completed in 2017 and located immediately west of the playground,” Hite said.


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