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Brandon Croft (left) and Jeff Croft with Clevenger Recreation of Little Rock prepare to begin installing equipment for the Rotary Club Wonder Willa Park, a barrier-free, inclusive playground for children of all abilities.

Harrison Police records show extra patrol was requested at Lake Harrison Park on Monday because a large amount of park equipment had been delivered.

The concrete has been poured for the Rotary Club Wonder Willa Park, a barrier-free, inclusive playground for children of all abilities. Now, Clevenger Recreation of Little Rock has moved in to begin installation of the playground equipment.

Mike Clevenger, owner of the company, said most of the equipment will be bolted down to the concrete pad, but there will be some features that require being anchored into the ground under the concrete.

He said people will notice new equipment installed each day and even more equipment will be delivered next week.

After the equipment is in place, the next step will be to install a rubber-type substance around the equipment for safety. But Clevenger said that step will require several consecutive days of temperatures above 40 degrees.

Clevenger also encouraged the public to avoid that section of Lake Harrison Park while work is underway.

Ground was broken for the new section of the park in mid-November of last year. Tiffany Watkins, a past Rotary Club president, said the goal was to have the park open and ready for use by springtime.

Clevenger said that goal appeared to be realistic, especially with spring set to begin March 19.

(1) comment

OzarkButterfly

How absolutely wonderful and much needed in the area, for all children. The article didn’t mention specific items, but will there be a wheelchair access swing available? I’ve noticed a few comments on Facebook that were asking this specific question and I’d like to know as well.

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