Plans are moving forward for a new inclusive playground at Horse Fork Creek Park.
The Daviess County Fiscal Court awarded a construction bid for the project to Miracle of KY & TN. The same company installed the custom playground at Smothers Park on the Owensboro riverfront.
The new playground at Horse Fork Creek Park will be ADA-compliant and fully accessible to children of all abilities. It will be constructed adjacent to the spray park along Fairview Drive.
Fiscal Court secured a $75,000 matching grant from the state, which will cover half the cost.
“It’s a unique feature for us,” said Parks Director Ross Leigh. “Not only does it include the poured-in-place rubber surface, but it will also have several features that are handicapped accessible. From the ramps to get onto the playground to the merry-go-round and the accessible glider. It’s going to be unique for kids to not only enjoy the spray park but the new playground as well.”
Weather-permitting, the new playground will be installed by Memorial Day weekend, when the spray park traditionally opens.
New restrooms are also planned at Horse Fork Creek Park, with the Fiscal Court set to consider a design build for the project in March.