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First phase of community input for next Meadowbrook Park Playground begins

October 7, 2021 02:02 PM

Throughout October, Urbana Park District staff will be at Meadowbrook Park to begin gathering ideas from playground users. At the below times (weather permitting), you can visit with planners and share what ideas for the next playground. 

Community members will answer fill in the blank questions such as:

  • I am looking forward to the next playground being a place that feels __________.
  • I hope the next playground has_________.

This round of input will help park district staff better understand the values of the community, before diving into things like themes, materials, or specific designs in future phases.



Tues 10/5


Wed 10/6


Thur 10/7


Sat 10/9


Wed 10/13


Wed 10/13


Thur 10/14

3:30-4:30, 5:30-dark

Sat 10/16


Mon 10/18


Sat 10/23














For those that are unable to attend in person, we welcome them to share their comments through our online form here.

The PrairiePlay playground at Meadowbrook Park has long drawn visitors from around the region due to its unique aesthetic and impressive size. Built in 1995, the playground has been carefully maintained and therefore lived longer than most playgrounds; it is however, reaching the end of its usable life.

Park district staff seek to create a participatory playground design process where more users are encouraged to provide input, more visitors feel welcome, and the new playground is even more enchanting.

In addition to gathering community input, UPD will be focusing on design and engineering and looking into fundraising and relevant grant applications. Future opportunities for input will continue into the summer of 2023 and new information will be added to as we seek more feedback this fall. The new playground is slated to be installed in 2023.

Email Kara Dudek, Park Planner, at to be notified via email of both the opportunities for input or to get your concrete paver back but please do not remove pavers on your own.



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