Draper’s $1.6M all-abilities playground damaged before opening

Oct 3, 2022, 7:33 PM | Updated: Oct 4, 2022, 5:35 am

DRAPER, Utah — Excitement is building in Draper for the city’s new all-abilities playground, which is set to open on Oct. 18.

“It’s not a cookie-cutter playground. There’s not one like this in the whole entire world,” said Rhett Ogden, director of Parks and Recreation for Draper City.

The $1.6 million playground is custom designed for Draper, with input from local children who use mobility devices.

“We ended up buying a playground piece from England because when doing our research, we learned it was some of the best stuff for wheelchairs and mobility devices,” Ogden said. “And even though it costs more, and we had to deal with shipping, and dealing with getting it through customs and the docks on the East Coast, we finally got it shipped here to Draper, and we’re glad to have it, and it will be a great piece.”

Ogden had hoped to open the playground for Draper Days, but construction and supply chain issues have been challenging.

“We know people want it open, and they’re antsy to come in and play, and we’re antsy to get it open, and it’s taking longer because it’s so custom,” Ogden said.

In the past week, crews working on the playground have faced yet another delay, this time because of visitors sneaking in. He says last week, a group of approximately 50 adults, children and visitors damaged the new rubber flooring that was put down that morning on Friday.

“It looks great, and it looks like you can walk on it, but it’s really like cement. If you step on it before it’s dry and cured, it leaves footprints, or it starts to crack, and you have to replace it,” Ogden said.

Ogden understands that people are anxious to visit the new playground, but he’s asking visitors to pay attention to the signs – and stay out – for now.

“We’ve also got our very last concrete pour today, hopefully,” Ogden said. “Please just stay out, and we’ll have our grand opening in about two weeks.”

Because of this issue, Draper City has put up more fencing, and more signage went up today, warning people to keep out. The city is also installing security cameras.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Cottonwood High lines up for a free kick following a fair catch against Jordan High. (KSL Sports)...
Andrew Adams

Coach, kicker & official reflect on Cottonwood High’s rare, game-winning play

Cottonwood defeated Jordan High after the Colts attempted and converted a free kick for three points with 12 seconds left following a fair catch on a punt.
4 months ago
Karah Brackin

Utah Veterans head to Washington D.C. for ‘trip of a lifetime’

75 veterans left Salt Lake City for Washington D.C. Tuesday morning.
4 months ago
Clark Aposhian, chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council, introduces himself as a member of a n...
Ashley Imlay, KSL.com & Aimee Cobabe, KSL NewsRadio

Supreme Court declines to hear Utah gun rights activist’s appeal to overturn bump stock ban

A prominent Utah gun rights activist has lost his bid to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the federal bump stock ban.
4 months ago
Yvette Rodier, shooting survivor...
Amy Donaldson, KSL Podcasts

LETTER PODCAST: Victim says bullet wounds were easiest part of recovery

When Yvette Rodier woke up in a hospital, she knew, even before anyone told her, that her friend, Zachary Snarr, was dead.
4 months ago
Housing construction....
Ladd Egan

Unaffordable Utah: Mortgage rates climb again as buyers look for price reductions

Utah's housing market is whiplashing as last year's buying frenzy seems to have slowed down to signs of a recession.
4 months ago
Matt Gephardt & Sloan Schrage

Get Gephardt: How cybercriminals use social engineering to get us to hand over our sensitive info

You can have the strongest, most secure password in the history of cybersecurity, but the bad guys know there is one weakness they can use to hack into your system - you!
4 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Draper’s $1.6M all-abilities playground damaged before opening