Methner said the Dream Playground is a key visual reference for the city and a major tourist stop for families heading to Hurricane Ridge.
“What we find is the Dream Playground is a hugely-used shoulder time activity for lots of families who visit Port Angeles,” Methner said.
“We hear that over and over and over. And it’s funny because reputationally locally, it’s started to suffer a little bit, but when you talk to people who are visiting it for the first time they continually, even now, say this is the most awesome playground.”
Volunteers will help build the new Dream Playground as they did 17 years ago.
Methner said the new park will have a front garden entrance, “lots of benches” for parents and grandparents and 360-degree sight lines.
“I want to say thank you for the merry-go-round,” Council Member Michael Merideth told Methner.
“They seem to have completely disappeared from the American landscape.”
“Well, you’ll see one here,” Methner said.
Council member Mike French said the new design addresses community concerns about the existing Dream Playground.
“It’s a real home run,” French said.
Methner said the new playground has to be great so that “people will want to take it back.”
“If it has any reputational issues, or if people are not feeling like it’s the most wholesome place to take their kids — and lots of families still do — we want to get out ahead of this to where this is where the kids ask to go play,” Methner said.
“It has to be that great. That’s how you take back a public space is you put the public back in it. That’s why I feel so strongly about this as a wonderful thing to support.”
For more information about the project or to get involved, visit www.padreamplayground.org.
Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.