rendering of new playground equipment

The Yankee Park playground has served the community well, but it is time for an upgrade! In July, the Centerville-Washington Park District (CWPD) presented three potential playground designs to the community. More than 600 people responded to the call for feedback. Work to replace the Yankee Park playground with the design chosen by the community will begin near the end of this year.

The new playground will feature an all-weather, all-accessible safety surface. This type of surface has been well received by children and parents at CWPD’s Forest Field Park. Not only does it meet safety requirements, but it’s easy to walk on, accommodates wheels, and is ready for use even immediately after the heaviest of downpours!

The Centerville Noon Optimist Club (CNO) generously donated $25,000 to the playground project, allowing the Park District to enhance the community’s chosen design with additional inclusive play equipment and shade structures. Play equipment additions made possible by the CNO donation include musical chimes, an ADA spinner, a turf mound and a Cozy Dome.

“The members of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club are dedicated to bringing out the best in all kids, especially those in our own community. Play is such an important part of every life and we are pleased to be able to be a part of this initiative,” said Club President Debe Dockins.

In addition, the Centerville-Washington Park District playgrounds at Black Oak, Donnybrook, Quail Run and Willowbrook Parks will be getting new, replacement play features this year. Playground upgrade timelines are dependent upon equipment manufacturing times and weather conditions. The Park District continues to upgrade a few playgrounds each year, starting with the oldest first.

Yankee Park is located at 7500 Yankee Street. To locate all 40 playgrounds in the Centerville-Washington Park District, visit the Find a Park page on our website, or call 937-433-5155.