Golden Valley Installs “Play Pods” at Lions, Brookview Parks
Residents of Golden Valley have a new reason to celebrate as two of the city’s beloved parks, Lions Park and Brookview Park, have received a significant upgrade in the form of four new play pods designed to cater to youth aged 2 to 12.
These additions were made possible through a donation from One Good Deed.
“Both parks are connected by a 1.8-mile asphalt trail, and so we were able to spread the four play pods between the two parks and also encompass the existing playgrounds that are already onsite,” said Michelle Christensen, Founder, One Good Deed.
The play pods were specifically designed to be inclusive and accessible for all children within the specified age range.
“They’re designed for 2 to 12-year-olds; they’re all accessible, they’re all inclusive. Each age group is represented in each pod, so you’ll find one play piece maybe for 2 to 5-year-olds, another maybe for 5 to 8-year-olds, and then another one is for 9 to 12-year-olds, ensuring that there’s an element per age group appropriately per pod,” Christensen explained.
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In addition to providing a fun and inclusive play space for children, the parks’ improvements have also considered the comfort of parents.
“I also made sure that we had sitting benches for parents that may want to rest while their children play inside the play pods,” Christensen noted.
According to Christensen, the contribution from One Good Deed was estimated to be a $75,000.00 gift to the city.
“This park structure, these play pods, they are completely funded and 100% donated. Not one penny was spent to have any of this done,” Christensen stated.
She says the project is a testament to the power of community engagement and philanthropy, making Golden Valley an even more community focused and family-friendly city.