Kids envision fort design for Cowley Family Park

Ideas are coming together for the Cowley Family Park in the wake of a brainstorming session held the morning of Halloween – Saturday, Oct. 31 – at the log gym in Cowley.

Kids from the community met with Jane Holman, a representative with Leathers & Associates from Florida, who then took their ideas to form a plan for the park to be constructed next to the splash park in Cowley.

Wendy Fuller, one of the project organizers, said Holman took the children’s ideas and came up with a preliminary design, what she called “our beginning draft.”

The basic idea is a fort, Fuller said, with two towers, a giant climbing net leading to one of the towers, a climbing forest, a rope wall for climbing down to a cave, a spider web climber, a fire pole and a “climbinator” climbing wall.

Jane Holman of Leathers and Associates quizzes kids about their playground ideas for the planned Cowley Family Park during a brainstorming session Oct. 31 at the log gym in Cowley. David Peck photo
Jane Holman of Leathers and Associates quizzes kids about their playground ideas for the planned Cowley Family Park during a brainstorming session Oct. 31 at the log gym in Cowley.
David Peck photo

Fuller said Leathers & Associates is fully ADA and safety conscious, with a long track record of recommending companies and suppliers for building the park with “best practices.”

She said the local committee is also working on an adjacent piece of land to come up with playground equipment with modern, enhanced features that will be good for the entire family such as a 360-degree playground tag game, which is designed for all ages and for kids in wheelchairs, too.

“The committee is looking at all kinds of playgrounds and equipment to check out all of the latest and best equipment available,” Fuller said. “We’ve put out the word that if you see something cool, let us know. We’re continuing to get more ideas and would love it if people see something that could be included in the park.”

A family park is a community-built and funded facility where a community “comes together” to build the park. One of the fundraisers will be paving stones with company, family or individual names engraved on the pavers as part of a “Sidon Canal” entryway into the park.

“We hope people will be excited about building a new Sidon Canal,” Fuller said, adding that the committee will spell out the various options for the park based on different levels of funding.

“Our funding goals are for a park that is family friendly so all members of a family can play together and for a park that is unique, something you won’t see at just any play park,” she added.

The next step in the project will be to get schematics out to the public, as well as fundraising information. The committee will also seek major donors to sponsor particular elements of the park.

“We hope to build the park next spring,” Fuller said, noting that the Rocky Mountain FBLA Club is helping with fundraising and public relations. Information can be found on the Cowley Family Park Facebook page.

By David Peck