Kaleidoscope Park removal begins

Construction and outdoor management students from the Ohio Hi-Point Career alongside staff from the Bellefontaine Joint Parks and Recreation District are scheduled to begin today tearing down existing Kaleidoscope playground equipment at Mary Rutan Park.

Park demo


Trade students from the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center begin tearing down the Kaleidoscope playground equipment at Mary Rutan Park today ahead of the installation of a new inclusive, handicap-accessible playground that is due to open later this summer. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

Parks Superintendent Kris Myers told board members Tuesday in a regular parks board meeting the former Kaleidoscope playground will give way to an allnew “100-percent inclusive” handicap-accessible playground.


The Examiner first reported March 4 that new playground equipment — which will be suitable for all children regardless of any special needs — is on tap to be ready by this summer.

Myers said Tuesday the inclusive playground equipment could be ready by the end of May or the first part of June, weather permitting.

As crews begin to tear down the playground equipment, snow fencing will be erected around the outside of the playground, and Kaleidoscope will be closed as the existing wood and play equipment is removed.

“I’m sure it’s a sad for some to see Kaleidoscope Park come down after all these years,” Myers said, “but it’s exciting because what’s going in is something that every child can play on and enjoy.”


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