Local mom to work with F’ville on new playground project

A local mom wants to help the City of Fayetteville create a special playground experience. Following positive feedback at last Thursday’s city council work session, Ineke Eddy has the thumbs up to work with city staff on bringing a new type of playground, or possibly even a new park, to Fayetteville.

Eddy, a mother of three girls, recounted an inspirational trip to Iowa for a family reunion.

“We all met at this stunning park that was built by a committee,” she said, noting that it was nothing like what Fayette has. “What I would love to be a part of or head up is a community-built playground.”

No specific location has been settled on yet, though City Manager Ray Gibson mentioned Patriot Park as a possibility, and a totally new park is an idea on the table as well.

“I would love to do a completely new plan. It would be sort of non-traditional, something that’s not just a metal slide and swings,” Eddy said.

Eddy referenced a community-built park in progress in Newnan as a prime example. The company, working with the parents, sent a representative to several schools to talk to the children who would use the park.

“They get all their ideas from the kids,” she said. “One of their kids wanted bacon and eggs incorporated in their playground, so they made a bacon-shaped slide.”

The playground would be all-inclusive too.

“We would do something that has space for big kids, little kids, handicapped kids,” she said. “That is a need for this county.”

Gibson is excited about the idea.

“I love it. I think it’s a great idea. We need it in our community, especially with community involvement,” he said. “This would be a partnership. We would have some money involved in it, and the community would have money involved from grants and different funding mechanisms.”

Mayor Ed Johnson agreed that new options are badly needed, noting that the city has several parks in disrepair. He clarified that with council permission, Eddy would be allowed to work with Gibson and city staff to identify the location, with a park at the new city hall a possibility, along with the budget and type of equipment needs.

“I think what I’m hearing is a consensus from council that you have the green light to work with our staff.”

Eddy and Gibson were set to meet the next day to get the ball rolling.

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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