New playground for Sunset Park

A new, “modern” playground is coming to Sunset Park in Riverton.

The city council selected Utah-based Garrett Parks + Play for the Sunset Park Playground Project last month. Staff will now negotiate a contract with the firm to select and install the new equipment.

The new playground will accommodate children ages 5 to 12 but may also include features appropriate for younger users, and it will be able to hold 40-80 children at a time, public works director Kyle Butterfield said.  

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He called the current playground at Sunset Park “aged,” noting that “community members have requested improvements (there) for several years.”

Improvements at Sunset Park were identified as a three- to five-year goal in the Parks Master Plan that was completed by the Riverton Parks Committee in 2018-2019, Butterfield said, and this year the city allocated $70,000 to “add a new, modern playground at Sunset Park to complement or completely replace the existing play structures.”

The existing playground is on a 5,000 square foot sand surface and includes a swing set, slide and climbing dome, Butterfield said.

Sunset Park is located at 730 N. Second St. W. It has been a “community amenity” for more than 50 years, Butterfield said, and provides 8.5 acres of green space with mature trees, a picnic shelter, restrooms, and recreation facilities, including two tennis courts, disc golf stations and playground equipment.

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