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Covington Park to Be Rebuilt with Appeal to Wider Age Groups

A park in Covington's Peaselburg neighborhood is set to be rebuilt at a cost of $80,000.

When finished, the City of Covington said in a news release that neighbors can expect it to be used by a wider age group.

"One of the coolest things happening to the park is that it's moving from a place strictly for kids 9 and under to one that is multi-generational," said Covington Parks & Recreation Manager Rosie Santos.

The Covington city commission recently approved a contract for more than $67,000 with Bluegrass Recreation Sales and Installation for equipment and its installation. The city will also buy some additional equipment for the small park on Howell Street.

Installation will begin once the equipment is ordered and delivered, Santos said.

At one time, the playground - once known as Peaselburg Little People's Playground - had swings and associated equipment, primarily for young kids.

When it's finished in mid-July or early August, it will have: 

  • Fitness equipment for ages 13 and older.
  • A climbing play set.
  • Soccer goals.
  • A basketball goal.
  • Benches and shaded picnic tables.
  • A bicycle rack.
  • Swings.
  • And a water fountain. 

Parks & Recreation staff held a year-long community engagement effort for residents to give input, Santos said.

"We addressed everything from the kinds of equipment to where it was placed to even the colors it would be," she said. "They were involved at every step of the process, and I think they will be thrilled with its completion."

The focus on the Howell Street site emerged from an assessment of Covington's parks and playgrounds conducted by a citizens Park Advisory Group a couple of years ago.

The city is home to about 990 acres of public parks and open space at 40 sites ranging in size from tiny playgrounds to the 700-plus-acre Devou Park. The City itself operates and maintains 30 sites totaling almost 200 acres spread throughout its 19 neighborhoods (the rest are owned by public and private organizations, as well as nonprofit entities and schools).

Working off a detailed inventory, the citizen group identified potential improvement projects and prioritized them on an overlapping scheduling. With that scheduled, Father Hanses Park in Lewisburg is completed, Peaselburg Park will be finished this summer, and Barb Cook Park in Latonia is in the planning stage.

-Staff report

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