PADUCAH, Ky. (NEWS FIRST) — Crews from the Paducah Parks & Recreation Department will commence the removal of the existing playground at Keiler Park on Monday, March 11, to make way for a new, larger playground.

Keiler Park, situated at 2900 Broadway, will undergo the renovation, expected to span approximately one month, contingent upon weather conditions. This period will encompass the removal of current equipment, site preparation, and installation of new playground pieces alongside a pour-in-place rubber safety surface.

The revamped playground will boast swings and an inclusive play structure catering to children aged five through 12.

Director of Parks & Recreation, Amie Clark, emphasized the department’s commitment to fostering safe and inclusive spaces. Clark stated, “This new playground equipment has more than a dozen inclusive elements to bring children of all abilities together in play. Also, the addition of a poured-in-play safety surface will improve the playground’s safety and accessibility.”

To partially finance the playground project, the City of Paducah secured an $81,885 Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant from the Kentucky Department of Local Government. Additionally, a matching grant from GameTime was obtained, enabling the purchase of playground equipment at a 50% discount.

Later this spring, crews will proceed with the installation of additional sidewalks at Keiler Park.

Recent updates to playgrounds at Robert Coleman Park and Langstaff Park were also accomplished with the aid of various grant funds.