New Evans playground attracting young interest

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Even before the new playground at Evans Towne Center Park opened to the public last month, it already was swarming with children accompanied by parents willing to trespass to get them to the monkey bars.

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Robert Webb, 4, climbed to the top of the rope monkey bars at the new playground in Evans Towne Center Park.  Jim Blaylock/Staff
Jim Blaylock/Staff
Robert Webb, 4, climbed to the top of the rope monkey bars at the new playground in Evans Towne Center Park.

Since the opening, the park only has grown in popularity, said Columbia County Community and Leisure Director Barry Smith.

Smith estimates that hundreds of people enjoy the playground’s amenities each day. The parking lots, he said, stay full on weekends.

“All day long, it seems like it’s being used by children,” he said. “It’s got a lot of different components for all ages.”

The park’s walking track is another feature used by many, Smith said.

While the park is open from dawn until dusk, Smith said they haven’t yet had to strictly enforce those hours.

“We’re just so elated that they’re using it and it’s well accepted,” he said.

If guests find the new playground too overcrowded, Smith encourages them to head across Ronald Reagan Drive to the one at the Memorial Gardens behind the Columbia County Library.

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Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 11/11/11 - 09:29 pm
The park is very nice and

The park is very nice and such a beautiful addition to Columbia County.
I'm glad the children have a fun place to play and meet friends. Wish it had been there when I had a little one. Oh, well, there are always grandchildren opportunities:)

I love the new Tax Slayer building too. Hope to see some more "high rise" structures go in. It will be really good when the Stone Crest building reopens as well. I really miss that place. Who knows, maybe CC will have it's own little version of a downtown community. Columbia County is such a nice place to live. Thanks to everyone who is responsible for this growth!

Frankie-B 11/12/11 - 09:54 am
It IS nice, but to keep it

It IS nice, but to keep it that way parents, adults and police need to exercise due diligence against vandalism and untoward behavior, starting with running the skateboarders off the amphitheater, which they have been on every night. Police should drive through the park parking lot as rote every time the leave or return to their station.

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