Hopewell Celebrates Improved Park Space

May 17, 2019

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 17, 2019

Contact:
Aaron Reidmiller
Director
Hopewell Recreation and Parks
(804) 541-2353
areidmiller@hopewellva.gov

HOPEWELL CELEBRATES IMPROVED PARK SPACE

HOPEWELL, VA. The Hopewell Recreation and Parks Department is excited to announce the grand opening of Woodlawn Park. The park has served citizens of the Woodlawn neighborhood for decades and recently underwent a $236,000 renovation to improve safety and accessibility. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 18, at 11:00 a.m. in conjunction with National Kids to Parks Day. Woodlawn Park is located at 3509 Boston Street, Hopewell, VA, 23860.

The improved park space features an all-new 6,000 square foot playground, a new picnic pavilion, state-of-the-art outdoor fitness equipment, updated landscaping, and a paved walking trail. The new playground has been designated as a National Demonstration Site by PlayCore for best practices in inclusive playground design. The equipment is ramped for wheelchair access and includes sensory activity stations to create a unique play experience for children of all abilities. A sensory wave arch, merry-go-all, and six-bay swing set rounds out the new play area, including Expression Swings that allow parents and small children to swing together face-to-face. The entire site offers paved walking trails to improve accessibility. The outdoor fitness equipment is one of only two of its kind in the entire state. The Thrive 450 Fitness system combines a variety of workout stations into one piece of fitness equipment, serving up to five users at a time. The City’s comprehensive plan and HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) status obligate the city to include active lifestyle options in planning and policy decisions. The outdoor fitness equipment provides an accessible and affordable means for both young persons and adults to pursue active lifestyle opportunities. Additional improvements to the site include the installation of more than 35 trees provided by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. A volunteer planting day was held in November (2018) and over 50 volunteers assisted with installing the new trees. The trees offer tremendous environmental benefits including improved air quality and stormwater filtration.

Although the total project budget amounted to $236,000, only $160,000 of city funding was used for the project. Two grants were received to offset equipment costs including a grant from GameTime/Cunningham Recreation in the amount of $56,000 to be used towards the playground equipment purchase and a $20,000 grant provided by the Virginia Department of Health (Crater District) for the outdoor fitness equipment. The Hopewell Park Services Team completed all of the demolition of the old play equipment and the majority of the grading, excavation and site work for the new play space. Using department staff for much of the project’s construction kept costs low and the made the entire project feasible.

The Recreation and Parks Department would like to thank Hopewell City Council, Hopewell City Administration, City Departments, and community partners who assisted with and supported the project. Special thanks goes out to the Department of Public Works, Hopewell Fire and Rescue, Hopewell Stormwater Management, PlayCore, the Virginia Recreation and Park Society, Cunningham Recreation, GameTime, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Tree Fredericksburg, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Woodlawn Baptist Church.

**Hopewell Recreation and Parks offers a variety of recreational opportunities designed to improve overall health and wellbeing of the community. The Department offers hundreds of recreational programs each year and manages over 200 acres of parkland across the City. The Department manages the 38,000 square foot Hopewell Community Center and other specialty sites like the Hopewell City Marina, Hopewell Riverwalk, and various athletic complexes. You can learn more about Woodlawn Park and other parks in the City of Hopewell by visiting www.hopewellrecandparks.com/parks-and-facilities or by calling the Hopewell Community Center at (804) 541-2353.

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