Kids World, the unique wooden playground in Alameda Plaza, reopened Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The 25-year-old playground, which includes separate play areas for two- to five-year-olds and five- to 12-year-olds, recently underwent a major renovation to improve access, upgrade structural integrity, and preserve this important community feature for future generations.
“We’re thrilled to invite Santa Barbara’s kids and families back to Kids World,” said Mayor Cathy Murillo. “Santa Barbara is rich in parks and recreation opportunities, and playgrounds are key features in 22 of our parks. We take our playgrounds seriously and value the community’s investment in and love for Kids World.”
Originally constructed in 1993 with hundreds of community volunteers, Kids World is a one-of-a-kind Leathers and Associates playground design. The renovation project, needed in order to keep the playground safe and accessible for future years of use, included structural improvements with code compliant hardware and the replacement of worn wooden posts and deck boards. Improved circulation and access to the play area for two- to five-year-olds as well as additional gates and fencing established more secure play areas. Rubber wear surfaces were also installed in high-use areas. The renovation design ensures the aesthetics and adventurous atmosphere of this well-loved playground remain intact.
The public is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Kids World on Thursday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m., where contents of a time capsule buried on site in 1993 will be on display.
Located in Alameda Plaza, one of the City’s oldest parks, the playground’s three adjacent picnic sites, each of which seats 30 people, are popular choices for children’s birthday parties, and can be reserved for a fee by calling (805) 564-5418.