Progress has been made with the designated children’s playground area near the splash park at Saracen Lake.


With a planned opening date scheduled in April, children will soon be able to enjoy the all-inclusive playground, built to accommodate children with disabilities. Sports Surface Specialty, the contractors working on the playground, plan to wrap things up toward the end of this month.


“April is a great time to open,” said Trudy Redus, interim director of the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department. “April is National Autism Awareness Month, National Child Abuse Prevention Month and a few other observances for children. It’s a great month to focus on children and hopefully, great weather is around the corner.”


The playground is funded by grants and private foundation donations. According to a previous article on the playground, the money is coming from a $150,000 grant from the Arkansas Blue and You Foundation, a $25,000 grant from the Simmons First Foundation, and a $150,000 grant that then-director of the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department April Layher secured from the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department.


Like all parks and playgrounds in Pine Bluff, the facility will be open to everyone.


The exact opening date has not yet been disclosed, but it will be sometime in April.