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Chastain Park Unveils $2.8M Playground Redevelopment

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Officials say the cutting-edge playland is unlike any other in Atlanta

An estimated 80,000 children live within five miles of Chastain Park, and now they have bragging rights to a playground officials say is unlike any other in Atlanta.

The kids, it turns out, deserve credit for any kudos the Play Chastain Project receives. Builders of this new $2.8 million playland — funded, in part, by deep-pocketed donors like Publix and Chick-fil-A — actually consulted kids on what the finished product should be. The result: a 40,000-square-foot array of slides, futuristic swings and climbable stuff, nestled in six woodsy acres off West Wieuca Road. It all replaces a smaller, outdated facility (though the best bits of the old playground were retained and reused).

Highlights include a wheelchair-accessible tree house, two rolling slides built for racing, three giant "oodle swings," plus a climbing wall, outdoor piano, music station, and boulders aplenty. The project was four years in the making, and the Chastain Park Conservancy plans to officially unveil it during a March 19 celebration.

Fist bump, kids.