Benson Park to Extend Reach

Omaha's Benson Park is in the midst of a major makeover. New playground equipment is on the way as well as a new splash park and this time around, every child will be able to play with all the toys.

The old playground equipment will soon be gone and new all-access gear will take its place.

The current equipment is 30-years-old and there are some people who can’t deal with its sandy surface. The new all-access playground will have a rubber mat surface and that’s good news for Bruce Froendt who will be able to go to the new park and play with his children.

Bruce said, “Too many times when old playgrounds were built children who had disabilities or adults who had disabilities were left off to the side to watch others recreating and enjoying because they could not get across the sand or the bark mulch or the other obstacles to hold the sand or what may be there.”

The new Benson Park playground with its rubber mat surface will be wheel friendly. There will also be a new all access splash park built in the park. All of this will cost about $1.2 million with the entire tab being picked up by private dollars.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said, “We have such a giving community that cares about the community, want the community to thrive and be better and the donations we have received from the philanthropic community and foundations have made it all possible.”

The mayor and other officials broke ground Friday to launch construction. They hope to have the playground complete in about two months.

Omaha has an all-access park at Seymour Smith near 72nd and Harrison as well as Pipal Park off of 78th and Center.

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