Greer’s Kids Planet playground to close for expansion, upgrade

A Greer playground that gets an estimated 100,000 visits a year will close in September.

Kids Planet, in Century Park off Brushy Creek Road, is expected to reopen next spring with a host of new features and upgrades.

Fitness stations along a trail surrounding the park, zip lines and an eastern parking lot are among the elements that will be added to the park, Red Watson, Greer Parks and Recreation assistant, said in an email.

New sidewalks and pathways will also be installed. Features in the designated play areas for children ages 2  to 5 and 5 to 12 will be renovated and upgraded, along with the music area and misting area, Watson said.

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At the under construction addition to Kids Planet in Greer, volunteers from left, Susan Burch, Meredith Wally, Bob Tomlinson and his sons Alex, 12, and Ben, 12, work putting in stone dust for handicapped accessible walkways. Alex and Ben were there representing Boy Scout Troop 260, they said. File photo by Owen Riley Jr. 10-5-01 (Photo: owen riley jr., The Greenville News Copyright 1999;Yes)

Kids Planet opened in 1999 with wooden features for children ages 5 to 12, Watson said. 

In 2001, another section — “Kids Planet, Too” — opened and a special needs playground was added.

Over the years, minor updates and modifications were made to areas of the playground and the restrooms, but there have been no additional significant expansions or additions, Watson said.

The aging of the playground’s features, along with the maintenance problems the wood items have begun to present, prompted the pending changes, Watson said.

The city used hired Alta Planning + Design to create a master plan for the Kid Planet project. Input collected from visits to elementary schools, public meetings, online solicitation, and other means was used to create the master plan, Watson said.

The cost to build everything proposed is $1,938,666.35, Watson said.

The project will begin on Sept. 3. Existing equipment and other items in Kids Planet will be removed from the park, Watson said.

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They’ll be stored at the department’s operations center until the playgrounds are completed and the park is reopened next year, he said. 

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After the opening, the Cultural Arts Division will begin the planning process of creating an area within Kids Planet to display the items removed from the original Kids Planet, Watson said.

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