Woodland Playground opens at Sands Point Preserve

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Woodland Playground at the Sands Point Preserve will open Monday, May 27. (Photo courtesy of the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy)

Join the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy for the grand opening of the new Woodland Playground on Monday, May 27 from 2  p.m. to 6 pm. The ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place at 2 p.m., followed by an afternoon of exciting fun and adventure.

This beautiful play space, located in the woods next to the Phil Dejana Learning Center, features state-of-the-art equipment, including a custom-designed cedar castle with towers, turrets, tunnels, a spiral slide and climbing walls – a generous gift from the Vultaggio family. And, tucked among the majestic trees of this shady park are a speedy 75-foot zip line, swing set, rocker, spinners, tetherball and a huge geodesic dome climber. Children of all ages and abilities can gather and enjoy creative physical play in a range of modalities to develop coordination, balance, and strength.

The conservancy thanks the Playground Committee co-chairs for their vision and support: Karli Hagedorn, Chiara Mai, Stacey Satovsky and Roshy Vultaggio – and the many Butterfly Ball sponsors who together made this magical playground come to fruition for the benefit of the whole community.

The Woodland Playground is also home to the new quail coop – a charming English cottage that serves as a resource for the conservancy’s education programs. This season, 200 Bobwhite chicks will be nurtured here and released onto the preserve’s grounds to help control ticks – a natural and effective form of pest management.

Upcoming enhancements include a Little Free Library contributed by the Girl Scouts, a new water play feature, and more.

Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at at all times. The playground will be open daily at 8 a.m. to 30 minutes before closing.

Submitted by the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy 

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