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Excitement abounds at Brentwood inclusive playground info meeting

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The city of Brentwood held an informational session at Granny White Park Tuesday regarding a new inclusive playground.  

Earlier this year, city commissioners unanimously approved an agreement with architectural firm Kimley-Horn for $88,700 related to site work design services and adding additional parking spaces. The firm was selected based on its work on past projects with the city and other inclusive playgrounds it had designed around the Middle Tennessee area.  

Alisha Eley and Ben Baker, representing Kimley-Horn, displayed renderings of the new playground Tuesday. Attendees could also place colored dots on photos provided to show the city which pieces of equipment they would most like to see in the park.  

City Manager Kirk Bednar, Assistant City Manager Jay Evans and Brentwood Parks and Recreation Director Dave Bunt were also in attendance Tuesday, along with several members of the city commission and Brentwood Rotary clubs.  

Bunt gave an answer to the one question that seemed to be on everyone’s mind: When will the project begin?  

“Timing is dependent on the bids we get and how quickly these companies can start the project,” he said.   

The Brentwood Rotary clubs have partnered with the city to fundraise for two inclusive playgrounds at city parks. The first will be at Granny White Park, where the Rotary has a pavilion already in place. Timing of the second playground, planned for Crockett Park, is dependent on the fundraising efforts by the Brentwood Noon and Morning Rotary clubs.   

“It is an exciting time for our community. I am proud of our two Rotary clubs working hand in hand to make this happen for our community,” Betsy Crossley, Brentwood Noon Rotary Club president, said. “This project exemplifies what Rotary is all about. With a $2 million fundraising goal, we need everyone in the community to support these efforts.”   

The next step is to begin accepting bids for the playground equipment. The estimated cost of the new playground at Granny White Park is expected to be in the range of $1 million. 

For more information or to donate to the inclusive playground efforts, visit www.brentwoodinclusionplayground.org.

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