Big Improvements at Benson Park

As weather continues to warm up, parks are the place to be in the metro.

Along the way, you might notice some new developments.

The Heartland of America Park fountain has been turned back on.

At the Gene Leahy Mall, people are enjoying the renovations and the slides.

Farther west, at Benson Park, we found an expanded running trail, new benches, picnic areas, and a new pavilion.

After taking his grandson to Benson Park to play, James Griffin is happy to see what's new. "“Well it's good for the community for one. People like to come out and enjoy themselves especially now that the weather is getting better," he says.

There are more changes on the way at Benson Park as well.

The old ice rink is demolished and nearly cleared out.

Parks and Recreation Director, Brook Bench, says we can also expect a huge new playground to replace the current one. “It's for all different types of slides for all ages. We're hitting a lot of different age groups with this playground,” says Bench.

Griffin says park improvements will bolster a better neighborhood. “Well, with this area, you there's a lot of stuff that goes on in this area right about now, so it's going to be great for the kids. Someplace for them to get away, especially with everything that's going on in the northeast community," he says.

The Parks and Recreation department plans to have the playground finished by midsummer.

It hasn't been decided yet what will go in the place of the old ice rink.

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