Olympia will host a grand opening at 4 p.m. Monday for the new playground at Sunrise Park on the city’s westside.
Located at 505 Bing St. NW, the 6-acre park features a community garden, picnic areas, a basketball court and sledding hill. The new playground includes six slides, four swings and two spinning toys, and replaces equipment that was about 21 years old.
Cost for the new equipment was about $150,000, according to the city’s Capital Facilities Plan. The playground area was temporarily closed in late January while the new equipment was installed. Last year, the city sought public input on five different playground proposals and ended up selecting a design by Northwest Playgrounds.
At one time, Sunrise Park was home to Olympia’s only official off-leash dog park, but the city closed the dog park in May 2013 after complaints about traffic, noise and odors.
Earlier this month, Olympia invited about 4,000 residents to take an online survey about their preferences for city parks and related services. The survey covers topics such as preferences for park amenities, wildlife protection and acquiring more land for parks. Other questions ask about frequency of park use and whether the participant would support an increase in taxes to pay for park maintenance, for example. Results should be available in mid-April.