A unique playground that District 205 and the City of Galesburg collaborated to bring to Lombard Middle School is now open for use.
The equipment on Lombard’s campus features pour-in-play surfacing under the main playground structure, a wheelchair and expression swing along with traditional swings, several inclusive play elements, and the first challenge course in western Illinois.
The challenge course takes elements from ‘American Ninja Warrior’ along with elements from the National Football League Scouting Combine.
205 approved an intergovernmental agreement with the city in April, that said the city was paying for $200,000 of the project as a part of their Parks and Rec masterplan.
The plan laid out a goal for every resident in Galesburg to be within 1.5 miles of a playground.
Another $75,000 was paid for from a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education and 205 was on the hook for the remaining $13,000.
The public is allowed to use the equipment like any other park, expect for hours that school is in session.
Photos provided by the City of Galesburg (click on them to enlarge)