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Beverly Hills News – Roxbury Park Playground Set to Re-Open with New Equipment

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2015 – 4:36 PM

The play equipment that has been so long anticipated is finally in place at Roxbury Park. The littlest residents will be breaking it in April 4!

The new equipment will complete the overhaul of the Roxbury Park Community Center, a vision that was a few years in the making. The new Community Center opened in June 2014 with a brand new building, newly re-striped and re-finished basketball courts, redesigned soccer fields with better drainage and new sod, and a whole new look. 

The Roxbury Park Community Center serves a host of seniors during the daytime with the Beverly Hills Active Adult Club, switching to high schoolers for the later afternoon. Now the park will be ready for the toddlers and elementary schoolers with this new playground, featuring brand new climbing structures, innovative and cheerful new equipment to play on, overhead shading, rubber surfaces and a little sand and water play for the coming summer fun.

The new water feature will also be accessible so that all children can play, including younger, older and disabled and special needs kids.

“When most of us grew up, it was all slides, swing sets and seesaws. Now, Roxbury Park will have play sculptures, versatile climbing arches, balancing and spinning equipment, dynamic equipment, seesaws that fit three people, and more!  All designed to test the imagination but also essential for learning and individual growth,” said Vice Chair Frances Bilak.

“We wanted to create a better way to play; not only so small children have the opportunity to get outside, but also older kids, 7-14, to get them off the iPads and iPhones. That is why there are two playground areas, within the park, in addition to the water features.”

“Beverly Hills places a high priority on parks, recreation and community services,” said Steve Zoet, Director of Community Services. “These improvements will bring the playground up to a higher standard that is deserving of one of our most beloved community parks.”

The City has begun reaching out in community meetings to find out about the La Cienega Community Center, which has been dutifully serving the community for many years. Heavily used, the park is the more athletically-suitable, containing a full tennis center and fields. The buildings regularly leak in rainy weather, and the pre-school has reached capacity. 

The City is also working on a dog park bordered by Foothill, Alden and Third Streets, and across the street from the Amanda Foundation. The park has been undergoing an extensive Environmental Review, and when complete, it will come back to the City’s liaison committee. The dog park is a top priority for 2015.

All welcome to bring their tikes to the new playground for a test-run and a look around on April 4. Staff is working on a formal dedication soon, depending on schedules.

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