Playground Serving Diverse Kids Needs a Sandbox!

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Ewald Park is located at 4454 Duke Street. It includes a graffitied playground, a closed swimming pool with attending locker rooms, a basketball court, two very basic grassy athletic fields and a bus stop on Duke Street. The park is located near a number of moderate and low income apartment buildings. Many ethnically and socio-economically diverse families with children live in these apartments, so the park would certainly be used by young children if it was more attractive. Older children play basketball in this location. A number of years ago, it was a really vibrant park space. Ewald Park needs some enhancements to bring it even close to the level of Alexandria’s most frequented playgrounds, including the neighboring playground at S. Jordan Street and Taylor Holmes Parkway, a five minute jog away. The fence surrounding the playground needs a gate that can be easily closed to keep children safe. Of the two play structures, the one geared toward younger kids, while colorful, needs a paint job and graffiti removal. There are two accessible trash cans but the park needs additional benches for caretakers, and preferably a sandbox for preschoolers who like to dig.Ewald Park could be an ideal destination for nearby families with multi-aged children. Preschool and elementary aged kids could amuse themselves on the playground, while older siblings and parents play basketball, soccer or picnic very close by.Ewald is a precious green space off of busy Duke Street and a nice respite from the surrounding concrete development. It is worth improving.

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