The new World of Wonder Park design is born out of the need to replace the aging and rapidly deteriorating World of Wonder Playground (WoW). The WoW playground was the result of an outpouring of community support that resulted in a playground that has generated many fond memories for children and parents over the years. To recognize the impact of the original project, Leisure Services will retain the existing brick entry plaza, dedication plaque, hand-print tile wall, time capsule, and both the swings and dragon play area for as long as they are serviceable in their current location. The remainder of the playground elements will be removed once the new World of Wonder is open in order to allow maintenance staff to support the new area.
Leisure Services staff will continue to maintain the WoW playground while the new World of Wonder Park is under development. It will remain open until the new space is complete.
Pre-design input sessions (both in person and online) resulted in valuable information that informed the ongoing design of this space. Children as well as adults have had the opportunity to weigh in on what they would like to see in this children’s park. This is a summary of that process.
Citizens were able to attend the June 30th, 2015 public input session and complete an online survey about their preferences for the play space. Staff worked with the SPLOST User Group (comprised of both staff and citizens) to review the input and developed a preliminary concept for public comment.
Following development of this concept, Leisure Services hosted open houses for the public to review and comment on the World of Wonder Park Schematic Design. The Open Houses took place Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 18 from 6 – 7:30 PM at Whit Davis Elementary School.
The schematic design and input survey was also available online for those who could not make the meetings from February 17 – 21, 2016. The schematic designs were created following the earlier public input sessions in the summer of 2015 where ideas and recommendations were obtained from the public regarding the design for the relocated play area to replace the World of Wonder playground.
The new play space is being constructed using funds from the 2011 SPLOST program’s Park Facilities Improvements project. The original WOW play space, built in 2004 by volunteers using recycled lumber products, is at the end of its useful life.
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The new World of Wonder Park is approximately 2.5 acres in size and creates an enclosed space where children can play and explore in new and exciting ways. This space will continue to house the largest playground in the Leisure Service’s system and will provide play equipment and experiences that are unique to the region. The children’s park is completely fenced in and has one point of ingress and egress to allow children to spread out into the space and explore without parents or caretakers having to worry about them leaving the area. All of the experiences in the children’s park encourage children and provide a wide range of experiences for all ages and abilities.