Three old playgrounds at Bogan Park will be replaced with new equipment and new safety surfaces over the coming months. Upgrades will include an improved retaining wall, better drainage, shade canopies and benches.

Commissioners awarded a contract for almost $270,000 to PlayCore Wisconsin, Inc., dba GameTime/Dominica Recreation of Longwood, FL. The money to pay for it will come from SPLOST. “This is a much-needed improvement and the funds were already designated for it through the 2005 SPLOST program,” said District 4 Commissioner Kevin Kenerly.

All three playgrounds will be ADA-accessible with engineered wood fiber surfacing and concrete ramps that attach to the surfaces similar to a boat ramp in a lake. The new equipment will feature several activity panels, drums and a hand cycler. Bridges, climbers and slides will also accessible from transfer platforms for children who are able to pull themselves out of a wheelchair and onto the playground deck.

Work will be phased so that one playground will always remain open, with all three playground renovations complete by spring 2010.

The 83-acre Bogan Park, at 2733 North Bogan Road near Buford, features an indoor aquatic center, double gym, ball fields and two miles of trails. Gwinnett County parks were named best in the nation last year by the National Recreation and Park Association.

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  1. Paula Rewis

    July 3, 2010 at 09:16

    The three playgrounds are now in place and none of them are handicapp accessible. This is very disappointing for my 7-year-old son who has Cerebral Palsy and was so excited when the work was in progress. Is this a human error mistake, or did I misunderstand that the playground equipment was to be ADA certified? I would appreciate a reply as soon as possible.

  2. admin

    July 7, 2010 at 19:07

    This was a reply from the county:
    I wanted to follow up on your concern about the playgrounds at Bogan Park. The playgrounds are indeed ADA compliant and accessible. The surfacing is engineered wood fiber, which mats down so that wheelchairs can roll over it. There are concrete ramps which go into the surfacing somewhat like a boat ramp into a lake. This avoids having a lip (and bump) at the end of the sidewalk. The playgrounds include several activity panels suitable for handicapped children, such as drums, store front & hand cycler. Several bridges, climbers and slides can be accessed from transfer platforms. These are for children who can pull themselves out of their wheelchair and onto the deck.

    In addition to Bogan Park, we have handicap accessible playgrounds at Duncan Creek Park in Dacula and Peachtree Ridge Park in Suwanee, as well as Unity Place at Bay Creek Park, located in Loganville which is an award winning, fully accessible playground for special needs featuring a specialized rubberized surface, wheelchair friendly slides, swings and a handicapped accessible ball field.

    Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation is also excited to announce that we will begin to offer a Therapeutic Recreation Program in Fall 2010. This will not replace our Inclusion Based Programming, which continues to be extremely successful in our Day Camp and class programming. But it will give citizens an option to choose which type of programming is best for their child or family member. Please check our website for more information on this exciting program and specific information about each park.