The bright and colorful – and completely rebuilt – play area includes a large jungle gym with several slides, a kid-sized zip line, a tire swing and tot swing areas, and two different merry-go-rounds for children both large and small.
Planning for the new playground started in March. Four bids were received for the project, with River Valley Recreation entering winning the bid. The company also oversaw construction of the Manklin Meadows Playground two years ago.
The Ocean Pines Board approved the project in May. Ocean Pines Public Works oversaw demolition of the old playground, and River Valley started construction on June 3. Recreation and Parks Program Supervisor Debbie Donahue said work finished well ahead of schedule.
“They ordered all the parts and pieces and started construction on June 3, with the agreement they would finish before June 17, when summer camps start, along with our movies and concerts in the park,” Donahue said. “They agreed they could make it all happen before the summer season started and they did – with time to spare.”
Donahue said the work also finished under budget, with construction estimated to cost $150,000 and the final bill coming in at $148,400.
“River Valley Recreation were fabulous and very easy to work with,” she said. “They made everything simple and the whole process went very well. They were here at 6 a.m. just about every day and they worked hard to meet that deadline. Finishing a major construction project in a week and a half is almost unheard of!
“The old playground was 20 years old, and this new one is much more up to date and more fun and inviting,” Donahue continued. “With those bright and vibrant colors, it stands out much more than the playground did before.”
Along with the Manklin Meadows Playground, homeowners, residents and guests now have options for their children and grandchildren near both the north and south gates, Donahue added.
Operations Director Colby Phillips was also thrilled with the finished product.
“Debbie did a wonderful job bringing this exciting new playground to White Horse Park that will be fun for all ages,” she said. “It truly captures your attention with all the bright colors as you pass by, and the area still provides a good amount of shade to our guests who will be using it.”
Visit the playground at 235 Ocean Parkway, located inside White Horse Park and across from the Ocean Pines Community Center.
For more information on Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks activities, visit www.oceanpines.org/recreation-and-parks.