Climbing Walls, Spinners, Swings and More Among Playground Improvements at Five Arlington Parks
By Melissa Entralgo, Arlington Parks & Recreation
Posted on December 02, 2019, December 02, 2019

The Parks & Recreation Department recently improved playgrounds at five Arlington parks with new equipment that features swings, slides, climbing and spinning components as well as interactive, sensory and imaginative-play components. The playground designs at Fielder Park, Marti Van Ravenswaay Park, Carl Knox, Jr. Park, Gibbins Park and Jake Langston Park aims to encourage strength building, hand-eye coordination, balance and problem-solving skills in children. 

The Arlington City Council approved the playground improvement project in June.  The new equipment, which aligns with the City Council priority to Champion Great Neighborhoods, enhances playground safety by replacing older equipment at these locations. The previous playground equipment was more than 15 years old and needed to be replaced to meet current safety and industry standards.

Fielder Park, 1100 S. Fielder Rd.

Fielder Park playgroundSpecific improvements include replacing the existing play equipment for children ages 5-12 and 2-5 years old. Renovations also include replacement of the swings.

New features such as a climbing wall, interactive sign panels and a flex-climber have been integrated in the design to offer challenge, excitement and fun. The new equipment also includes a “Mommy and Me” swing which allows the parent to swing with their child. This will also be the first playground in Arlington to have artificial turf as the safety surfacing.

Marti Van Ravenswaay Park, 4601 Bowman Springs Rd. 

Marti Van Ravenswaay Park playgroundSpecific improvements include replacement of the existing play equipment for children ages 5-12 years old and replacement of swings.

The play equipment includes integral shade canopies, and the playground placement will take advantage of existing shade trees.

New features such as a climbing wall, geoplex components and the flex-climber have been integrated in the design to offer challenge, excitement and fun.

Construction also included improvements and modifications to the playground area for code compliance.

Carl Knox, Jr. Park, 1200 Susan Dr.

Carl Knox, Jr. Park playgroundThe improvements at this park include new playground equipment for children 5-12 years old and replacement of swings for all age groups.

Additional play components include saddle spinners (for children between 2 and 5 years old) and a fly wheel spinner (for children between 5 and 12 years old.)

Existing shade structure over the playground equipment was retained.

Jake Langston Park, 3888 W. Mayfield Rd.

Jake Langston Park playgroundThe improvements at this park include replacement of playground equipment for children 5-12 years old and replacement of swings for all age groups.

Additional play components also include a spinner. The playground equipment features integral shade canopies.

Gibbins Park, 2101 Margaret Dr.

Gibbins Park playgroundSpecific improvements include replacing the existing play equipment for children ages 5-12 and 2-5 years old. Renovations also include replacement of the swings.

New features such as a carousel spinner, spinner bowl, and a flex-climber have been integrated in the design to offer challenge, excitement and fun.

Champion Great Neighborhoods, Jake Langston Park, Marti Van Ravenswaay Park, Gibbins Park, Carl Knox Jr. Park, Fielder Park,
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