Cool Creek to open new interactive playground this summer


By Sophie Nulph

Cool Creek Park is creating a new, interactive way for children and parents to play.

The $400,000 project, titled “A New Way to Play,” will include an interactive station for adults, musical instruments for children and a swing that allows parents and children to swing together. The purpose of the remodel is to offer new equipment for children and families to interact and play.

The adult playground will be called the SOMAstation. This portion of the park will be made up of six pieces that adults can use to interact with one another. All of the components were made to be compatible for more than one person, including a new bench with pedals.

Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Director Al Patterson said the goal is to help bring parents and grandparents together.

“(SOMAstation is) intended for adult socialization and intergeneration play,” Patterson said.

Along with the new SOMAstation, the park will include more shaded areas and drums and chimes for children to learn in a fun environment.

Patterson said the colors of the new playground also are important. The bright blue and greens are intended to draw the eye in.

The playground is 20 years old. It was expected to last 10 to 15 years, Patterson said.

The weather has delayed the opened of the playground, which was originally expected to open by mid-June. An opening date is tentatively scheduled for the end of June.

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