Benny Russell Park Reopens with Improvements

Published on March 22, 2013 with No Comments

Benny Russell Park, located at 5417 West Spencer Field Road, reopened March 15 in time for spring break activities.

The popular family park was closed for renovations on March 4.

The renovation project improved safety, increased the life of the structure, encouraged creative play, and reduced overall future maintenance.

Improvements included:

  • New main entrance with better visibility of the parking lot
  • New entrance to the toddler area to help facilitate age separation
  • A concrete pad from the parking lot to the entrance ramp  was added  to increase accessibility
  • The Blue Angels structure was rebuilt and opened up to allow better visibility
  • Panels on the tallest tower were changed from solid panels to wire mesh panels to allow for greater visibility
  • Several structures, including the ship were opened up for better visibility
  • Climbing chains and walking chains were replaced with rope coated cable
  • New hand rails throughout
  • New paint throughout

The extremely popular, community-built playground opened in 2001 and was named after Benny Russell, Santa Rosa School Superintendent from 1980-1999.

The Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Leathers and Associates for design, oversight and inspections services with public works crews completing the labor, at the Feb. 14 meeting.

Renovation costs were estimated at $110,500.

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