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- Dankwardt Park Playground Project
Dankwardt Park Playground Project
This large-scale project will replace the existing Dankwardt Park playground with new playground structures, play elements, surfacing, sidewalk connections, and site amenities that are inclusive, accessible, challenging and imaginative. The layout will allow individuals of all ages and abilities to explore, have fun, interact, and enjoy the park like never before.
Please include the donation form if you would like to help fund this park, or you may donate online by visiting our GoFundMe page.
The final design is completed for this playground! Burlington Parks staff has a finalized fundraising goal of $1.9 million. Expenses include site preparation, play equipment, accessible surfacing, professional installation, ancillary equipment and features (i.e. sidewalks, lighting, seating, water fountains, etc.) and playground accessibility.
Current Funding - $1,018,493
- Service Groups
- In-Kind Donations
- At Cost Donations
- Monetary Gifts Large & Small
Project Goal - $1,900,000
- Purchase of Playground Equipment and Site Features, Surfacing, Delivery / Installation, Professional Services, and Contingency.
- Not Final Amounts
- Potential Cost Savings
- Unknown Factors
- Timing Affects Costs
|How To Donate:|
|City of Burlington|
400 Washington St.
Burlington, IA 52601
|Friends of Burlington Parks|
PO Box 1341
Burlington, IA 52601
|Please list 'Dankwardt Playground' in the memo line of the check.|
Please include our Donation form when making donations.
Inclusive Play Defined:
'An inclusive playground allows children of all abilities and developmental stages to play in the same space and creates an inviting atmosphere for all. These spaces consider the needs of all kids (ages 1-99).'
|Playground Site Plan||Large View Site Plan|
|Playground Images||Playground Images|
The current playground is nearly 40 years old - a wooden structure that has out-lived its useful life and is not a fully accessible structure.
This primary goal of this project is to create an inclusive, destination playground for kids of all ages and abilities in the Southeast Iowa Region. The playground will use state of the art design and offer play value that is unique, imaginative, encourages active engagement, increases fitness, offers transition play and is safe, fun and challenging.
How can you help or get involved?
- The most important thing citizens or supporters of this project can do is TALK about it! Growing awareness for this project will be vital to it's success. Discuss the project with your family, friends, co-workers, and others.
- Contact Parks staff with questions, information, or funding opportunities
- Invite Parks staff to present to your group, business, foundation or meeting.
- Donate directly to the playground project. Please include our Donation form when making donations.
Dankwardt Park is Burlington's premier active park. Features within Dankwardt Park include archery range, baseball diamonds, disc golf course, tennis courts, municipal pool, skate park, dog park and much more. Dankwardt Park is also situated directly next to Crapo Park, our park system's passive park where you can find amenities including Lake Starker, the Hawk Eye Log Cabin, Shakespeare Garden, scenic overlooks, and the Arboretum. This location also has two adjacent, reserveable shelters, a newly updated restroom, and an access drive with dedicated parking. The existing playground being replaced in Dankwardt is nearly 40 years old and has had components removed in recent years due to age and deterioration. Having a new playground of the planned scope will add great value to the existing, well-loved amenities in this area and provide the community and region with a safe, inclusive place to play, develop skills, and have fun.
Parks staff is working very closely with Confluence Design Firm to make this a destination playground that is inclusive to all. It is a priority for the City to include elements in this playground that will allow all children to be challenged, included and implement a free play concept in choosing what events to use. We are using design that taps into children's intuitive development and sense of adventure, challenges motor skills, strength and agility, increases hand-eye coordination and develops and creative level of problem solving. The playground public open house and input survey completed in Fall of 2021 focused on the following three areas:
- Development Skills (Balance, Interactive, Challenging, etc.)
- Equipment Options (Play Structures, Slides, Obstacles, Climbers, etc.)
- Inclusive Events (Musical Instruments, Chair Swings, Inclusive Spinners, etc.)
Best practices are being taken into consideration for playground layout. These include accessibility, age separation, sight lines, signage and organization of activities by category (i.e. spacing for heavy-use equipment, dispersing active and quiet activities throughout, etc.).
Ryan GourleyParks SuperintendentPhone: 319-753-8117
Eric TyslandDevelopment & Parks DirectorPhone: 319-753-8158
Brad SelbyRecreation / Golf Course ManagerPhone: 319-753-8134
Jocelynn KrebillProject CoordinatorPhone: 319-753-8131
Timeline of past events:
- August 16, 2022 - Town Hall at Burlington Public Library
- July 13, 2022 - Parks & Recreation Month Open House at Playground Site
- January 31, 2022 - Presentation to City Council on Playground Project status
- August 17, 2021 - Public Input Session at Dankwardt Park Playground
Survey was available online as well as in-person to collect feedback on design options
Online Survey Link