BREC Set to Open New Webb Memorial Park on Sat. Feb. 15
Partnership with Local Neighborhood Group Makes Playground a Reality
After a week of cold, rainy weather, BREC is inviting the public out to Webb Memorial Park, 1351 Country Club Dr., for the grand opening celebration of the new neighborhood playground on Sat., Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., for what is scheduled to be a beautiful, sunny day.
Joining BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight for the grand opening celebration are Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle, BREC Commissioner John Taylor, and BREC Foundation Board President Kim Hunter Reed.
The opening of the park marks the completion of a unique partnership between BREC and the Friends of Webb Park, a local neighborhood group that was intricately involved in leading fundraising efforts for the park. The group, comprised of neighborhood residents, joined forces with the BREC Foundation and raised more than $91,000 to contribute to the overall construction budget.
“We could not be more pleased to have citizens and neighborhood groups joining forces with BREC and investing in their local, neighborhood park,” said McKnight. “Webb Memorial Park was always slated to be an outstanding facility, but with the help of the Friends of Webb Park, we were able to raise the bar even higher and provide this community with a park that has even more amenities than originally planned, and a facility that that they can proud in knowing that they played a part in developing.”
The improvements at Webb Park include a multi-use lawn for activities like children’s free play, badminton, and lawn volleyball; two new play areas with shade canopies – one for toddlers and one for older kids; a small walking loop that encircles the play area; and two outdoor pavilions for picnics and birthday parties.
The fundraising efforts of the Friends of Webb Park, provided additional special amenities, including rubber playground surfacing, a garden pergola for views to the Webb Memorial Golf Course, a spiraling narrow path for kids that leads to a vertical wind sculpture at the center of the spiral, and a children’s chalk art plaza that is defined by an arcing seat wall with colorful custom tiles on its face, each individually hand-painted by dozens of neighborhood children. The custom designed tiles mark the contribution of the neighborhood group and serve as a permanent reminder of the partnership between the group and BREC.
Planned activities for the celebration include a variety of recreation events, including martial arts, fitness, and arts and crafts demonstrations, refreshments provided by Raising Cane’s, the Knock Knock Children’s Museum’s Mobile Playground, and local food trucks.
To date, BREC and the BREC Foundation have partnered with two other neighborhood groups to enhance the improvements at their local neighborhood park – Leeward and College Town. BREC welcomes the opportunity to work with local associations as their parks are improved. Presently, BREC has completed 64 percent of the neighborhood park enhancements as part of the 2004 Imagine Your Parks program.