World of Wonder Playground

Updated March 21, 2016
BACKGROUND
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.

Predesign 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.

For more information, call 706-613-3801.

CONCEPT
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.
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Whit Davis Children's Park Concept

Legend


1. Proposed Entrance Gate.
This gate will be similar to those used at splash-pads and will require an adult or older child to open the gate for ingress and egress

2. 1/5 mile Walking Loop.
This eight-foot wide multi use path will allow parents and caretakers to walk while children play as well as providing an opportunity for children to ride tricycles, scooters, and similar devices

3. Proposed Fence.
This fence encloses the entire children’s park. The entrance gate is the single point of ingress and egress for all park users

4. Generational Swings.
These unique swings allow parents or caretakers to sit face to face with their children and swing in the same unit.

5. Open Lawn 1.
This grassy area allows for children to free play and enjoy open space based games

6. Covered Pavilion #3.
This feature provides opportunities for gatherings such as birthday parties

7. Vehicular Barrier.
Playground safety regulations require this element to keep cars that might leave the road from entering the playground area.

8. 2-5 Playground.
This play area hoses equipment that provides a variety of play experiences targeted for children ages 2-5

9. Swings.
This is a bay of traditional belt style swings with one accessible swing

10. Plaza.
This plaza area would be the central gathering space of the active play zone. Seating walls and benches in this area provide space for parents or caretakers to sit and observe their children in both play zones

11. Swings.
This is a bay of traditional belt style swings with one accessible swing

12. Picnic Pad (Potential future covered pavilion) #1.
This area will start as a concrete pad that hosts four picnic tables. As funds become available in the future, this could become a covered pavilion.

13. 5-12 Playground.
This play area hosts equipment that provides a variety of play experiences for children ages 5-12

14. Covered Pavilion #2.
This feature provides opportunities for gatherings such as birthday parties

15. Hillside Slides.
This element’s design incorporates slides into the hillside.

16. Nature Trail.
This natural surface trail allows children to explore the wooded area of the children’s park and pursue adventure pods of nature based and sensory play.

17. Open Lawn 2.
This grassy area allows children to free play and enjoy open space based games

18. Rock Scramble.
This feature allows children to practice climbing and grappling as they scramble up and down a rocky hillside.

19. Log Hop.
This feature encourages balance and challenges children to hop from feature to feature

20. Balance Course.
This area uses logs and stumps to create low balance features for children to hone their skills

21. Outdoor Instruments.
These weatherproof musical instruments provide sensory play experiences for children and allow them to play with other children and create music together

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