GRANVILLE, OHIO (September 2, 2021) Construction on the first phase of the Nature Playscape at Infirmary Mound Park began in early August. Natural playgrounds are a growing trend in the field of parks and recreation. These outdoor spaces are carefully created to facilitate unstructured play in a way that encourages creativity, exploration, and hands-on learning in nature. Research has found children show greater improved physical fitness, social and cognitive benefits as compared to traditional playgrounds.The overall playscape design was inspired by Granville’s Effigy Mound, an important part of the cultural history of Licking County. Like the mound, the playscape layout is long and narrow with 10 destination playscape elements along its length.
The first phase includes the ‘hill’ element and the central path. This element features a climbing serpentine hill that varies in height from 2.5ft – 5ft tall. Two tunnels will allow kids to burrow underneath and various logs and trees will have them balancing, jumping, and climbing above. Two slides will add to the fun and the existing swing set will remain. During construction, the playground and grassy area behind Shelter 5 will be closed to the public. Shelter 5 itself will still be able to be utilized. Construction of phase one should be complete by the end of September. To see the entire playscape plan, please visit our website.
Questions? Contact us at 740.587.2535 or by email at: Info@LickingParkDistrict.com
Licking Park District’s Mission
The mission of the Licking Park District is to acquire, manage, preserve, and conserve natural areas within Licking County, while protecting wildlife and local history in a manner that enriches our communities and provides access to diverse parks, educational opportunities, and health and wellness activities.
The Licking Park District manages over 1,600 acres of parkland on 12 sites and manages over 46 miles of paved multi-use trails across Licking County. The Licking Park District office, located at Infirmary Mound Park, is easily accessed from Rt. 37. Visit the website www.lickingparkdistrict.com to see all the programs and opportunities your Licking Park District offers or contact us at 740.587.2535 or by email at: Info@LickingParkDistrict.com