Demolition begins on oldest standing playground in San Marcos

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – Construction crews are tearing down the oldest standing playground in San Marcos. Citing safety concerns, city leaders announced they would be making the change late last year.

The all-wooden park will be replaced with plastic made to look like wood. “The material that we’re using is all recycled materials,” said San Marcos Parks operations manager Bert Stratemann. “It’s a 50-year product is what they tell us. It’s made out of recycled milk jugs and water bottles.”

Stratemann says the city hired the same company that built the original park 25 years ago. The final design will feature a pirate’s ship, a mermaid’s castle and a cave.

“The cave will represent the springs and Wonder World Cave. And of course the mermaid’s castle, mermaids have become popular in San Marcos,” said Stratemann.

Stratemann says the city took every request from the public into consideration. The only thing they couldn’t include is what currently gives the park the charm parents love.

“The community wanted more wood, but because of new safety standards and just the longevity of the woods that are available nowadays as compared to the woods that were available 25 years ago, that’s just something we couldn’t do,” said Stratemann.

The new park will be the city’s first 100 percent handicap accessible park. “This playground will be a great asset for this community. It’s for children of all abilities and parents as well, it gives them access of a kind that we don’t have in San Marcos,” said Stratemann.

The old park was partially built by community volunteers. This round, the city is allowing people to help sponsor the park by personalizing a fence picket that will surround the park.

Crews will begin deconstructing the standing playground this week; salvageable items will be available for purchase at Green Guy Recycling soon after. The new park is expected to open sometime in May.

San Marcos Children's Park (KXAN photo)

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