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Original Jacobson Park Playground Designers Revisit Their Creation

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Lexington officials and a group called LexCreate are hoping to find a way to upgrade a beloved city playground while maintaining its unique character.

With more than 2,500 residents signing on petition to keep the playground as is, city officials have been meeting with parents and other playground supporters to see there’s a way to balance safety concerns with supporters’ desire to keep the creative character of the 21-year-old wooden structures.

To that end, Lexington Parks and Recreation Director Brad Chambers says his department turned to the original minds behind the playground.

"We have asked the president of Leathers Playgrounds, which was the company that originally designed in 22 years ago, to come in and take a hard look, do an assessment, and give us a thorough evaluation of what the playgrounds both at Shilito and Jacobson look like, the conditions they're in from an objective third party," he says.

The company is set to deliver its assessment Thursday. Meanwhile, a working group made up of all interested parties is scheduled to meet next week.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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