BREC officials could not have asked for more perfect weather to unveil the second phase of amenities at Zachary Community Park on Friday.
BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight made true on her June promise to have the new playground with its centerpiece mega tower, a splash pad and spray area and fitness equipment and stretching stations open by spring.
“We are so excited to officially open this amazing play area. This fabulous playground was constructed by Russell Coleman Contracting at a cost of $730,000 and offers several features that I understand are already popular among the young and the young at heart,” McKnight said Friday. “It’s a playground with three stories of fun and adventure.”
BREC Project Manager Angela Harms said mega tower measures about 25 feet and features the tallest slide in the entire BREC system. A small rock-climbing wall is also part of the tower.
A springy bonded, shredded-rubber surface provides a safe landing area for the playground area, which includes a merry-go-round and separate climbing apparatus.
Regular, tot and inclusive swings can be found near the playground area.
“We hope these features will spark an interest in the Zachary community for the next phase BREC has planned for the playground — a 2- to 5-year-old play area with inclusive elements for children with disabilities. This phase is not currently funded but with the help of some great business and philanthropic partners, we can make it happen,” McKnight said.
Zachary Community Park’s new amenities include a splash pad and spray area constructed by Francise Horticultural Services at a cost of $380,000.
The entire playground and splash pad areas are surrounded by landscaping, lighting, concrete pathways, decorative paving and site furnishings.
The first phase of Zachary Community Park unveiled a basketball court, sand volleyball court, skate park, dog park, concrete walking paths, a lake for kayaks or paddle boats, a small pond for fishing and a small pavilion.
Families, city and parish officials, BREC officials and staff, children from BREC programs and residents attended the park’s unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony. Recreational activities, arts and crafts, giveaways, fitness demonstrations and food trucks also were part of the event.
The splash pad/spray area at Zachary Community Park, 20055 Old Scenic Highway, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through October. A brass button on the yellow pole activates the water feature.