Construction is starting on a new youth fitness challenge course and creative sand play area on the east side of Colonial Park in West University, along with solar lighting for the playground, bollard lights along the walking path — and even a doggie drinking fountain along the park’s perimeter.
The remaining play equipment will get a makeover with fresh paint and updates to slides, climbers and play panels. The entire project is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
“The new fitness challenge course is the first youth obstacle course of its kind in our area, and it brings an entirely new type of fun to Colonial Park,” said West U Parks and Recreation Director Susan White. “The course will also have a professional timing system so people will also have the ability to compete against one another or themselves.”
The course will be installed where the sand volleyball area stands now and is aimed at — and meets safety standards for — use by 5- to 12-year-olds.
The old wooden play structures will be replaced by the sand play area, which will include a wooden sailboat, playhouse with crane, sand diggers and a fossil-find feature.
The Colonial Park East Improvements project incorporates input from the Parks and Recreation Board staff and board, Friends of West University Parks board, and a group of residents who use the park. City Council approved the plan in June. Funding is entirely through the nonprofit Friends organization.