One of the largest children’s attractions in Evans is about to get bigger.
County officials are planning to expand the playground facilities at Evans Towne Center Park.
“We’re going to double the size,” county Community and Leisure Services Director Barry Smith said. “It’ll be a little different amenities on this one, but it’ll be about the same size.”
Plans are to expand the playground, located on the west side of the park near the Evans Surgery Center. The additional playground equipment will be built farther north, across a walkway and into the grassy area, toward Ronald Reagan Drive near the pavilion.
“It’ll be connected,” county Development Services Division Director Paul Scarbury said. “It’ll all be fenced together.”
The project will cost nearly $320,000, including about $50,000 assigned to the project when commission Chairman Ron Cross abandoned the search for a large digital display screen for the park. The park expansion was approved by voters as part of the one-cent sales tax list.
The project also includes adding more benches, trash receptacles and other amenities to the playground area.
Bids for the project will be opened on March 22. Smith said he expects construction to begin by the end of May and be finished by the fall.
The playground is well-used and a popular family attraction. It needs to be bigger, Smith said, and the new addition will be well-received.
“It’s going to be a mega-playground,” Smith said.