After 23 years of kids climbing and swinging on the well used Lincoln Park play area, Wenatchee Parks and Recreation are taking the first step to replacing it with a revamped play area in the upcoming years. Next Monday, the fence pickets will be taken down followed by the main structure, starting on October 1st.

"We're going to start by removing the pickets that are around the play area. Unfortunately,  the playground at Lincoln Park has been a super playground, served the community for over 20 years, it's kind of reached the end of its life span," said David Erickson, Parks and Recreation Director.

In 2018, the city applied to several state and federal grants for the replacement of the current play area along with an additional spray park. The city landed those grants and are now in limbo waiting for the official documentation to get started on the renovation.

"Right now we're just waiting for those grant contracts to be issued," said Erickson. "And through that project, we'd be looking at constructing new restrooms, a spray park, a BMX pump track, a full size soccer field, a new stage and a few more amenities down there."

Engineering is set for 2020 and construction anticipated for 2021.

The Wenatchee Rotary Club applied funding assistance with play area when it was constructed in 1996.

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