Princeton, Ind. (WEHT) – Lions Kiddieland Park in Princeton is set to get a makeover.
Eyewitness News Tyler Druin spoke to Princeton Parks Superintendent Brent Denbo about the city’s collaboration with Toyota and major investments into the park’s future.
Some residents in Princeton say this park has been here since they were kids now the City of Princeton along with Toyota have major plans to revitalize Kiddieland Park.
“We’re looking at about a $250,000 to $300,000 project here, I got some inspiration on this from several communities most recently the project at Mickie’s Kingdom” says Brent Denbo.
Renovations would include a new parking lot, park benches, picnic tables, swings, a jungle gym, slides, a covered area for parents and new surfacing for the playground area.
“We’ve got a major commitment from Toyota at this point, I’m looking to seek another $150,000 in donations” Denbo adds.
The park only has one swing for children with disabilities, because of the gravel layout it’s harder for wheelchairs to access the playground. The improvements would include wheelchair ramps and flat surfaces for all to enjoy.
“I think it’s awesome that there investing a large amount of money into the park to create a bigger park” Kara Wilson.
For some the park is a place to enjoy lunch with family for kids, it’s a place to let loose during the summer months, children and parents alike were excited about the news of getting a new playground after 35 years.
“It would be super big, and it would have water on it to make you go superfast” says Dairues who loves playing at the park.
“Toyota has brought so much to this area, it’s a wonderful thing, it provides jobs for so many people, the bigger the better for the kids” Debbie Burnett.
Denbo says he thinks parks are a gateway to growth for the community, The Princeton Parks Department says it is focused on making the parks more attractive to residents, hoping to entice them to enjoy the outdoors and be more active.
“Hopefully the community can rally around this, and this is something we can bring to the City of Princeton over the next 12 months” Denbo said.
Right now, the Superintendent of Parks for the City of Princeton says the amount of money that Toyota is donating is undisclosed, they’re still working that deal out, however they plan to start construction possibly in the fall of this year. It could take up to 3 months, meaning this park could be ready to go by summer of next year.