America the Beautiful Park Playground
An estimated 200 citizen volunteers constructed the fourth Fantasy Playground, located in America the Beautiful Park (formerly Confluence Park), during a three day period. Volunteer activities included assembling and installing playground equipment; installing playground surfacing and landscaping; and assisting behind the scenes. Constructed in partnership with the Phil Long Community Fund, Denver Broncos Charities Fund, and the El Pomar Foundation, this playground was the first amenity built in America the Beautiful Park.
At a project cost of $366,000, this 15,000-square foot, ADA-accessible, playground includes a unique type of equipment never before installed in any of the City?s more than one hundred neighborhood parks. Manufactured by Kompan Unique Playgrounds, the hammocks, spinner bowls and turnables will provide truly "out of this world" fun for all who come to play!
In addition to the equipment, there are interactive pieces of art, called Quirks, which inhabit one side of the playground. The Quirks were created through the help of almost 100 students from Bristol Elementary, Columbia Elementary, Globe Charter, and Washington Elementary Schools. In addition to designing the Quirks, each school?s students provided a story on their particular Quirk?s life that was added to the site. Students finished painting the Quirks during the volunteer community playground build.
Other Fantasy Playgrounds
The America the Beautiful Park Fantasy Playground was made possible through the donations and efforts of the Phil Long Community Fund, Denver Broncos Charities Fund, El Pomar Foundation and the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. The Phil Long Community Fund and the Denver Broncos Charities Fund have established an annual fund to build large playgrounds throughout Denver and Colorado Springs. To date, eight state-of-the-art playgrounds have been funded through this partnership ? four in Denver and four in Colorado Springs. Palmer Park (1997), Memorial Park (1999) and Cottonwood Creek (2001) represent the other Fantasy Playgrounds located in Colorado Springs.