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Evansville's Kids Kingdom Playground relocating after 15 yrs


After 15 years, Kids Kingdom is moving to a new location. As part of the federally mandated sewer projects, a pump must be built at the current site.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke announced Wednesday morning that a bigger and better park is in the works. It's coming next year.

The first location will remain open until the new one is finished. The new Kids Kingdom will incorporate memorial bricks from the old location with new bricks for sale.

Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin had the idea for the park in the late 1990s. He worked with fellow officer Paul Kirby in making sure kids had a safe place to play.

Chief Bolin said, "For those who don't know me, I have three boys. Kids Kingdom is kind of like my fourth child."

When Kids Kingdom was built, the community donated time and money to make it happen. More than 1,300 volunteers built the playground in six days.

Kids Kingdom is the third most visited park in the city. No one will miss a day of play during the transition. Kids Kingdom will remain open until the new playground is finished in 2018.

The same group that designed the original structure in 2002 is back again.

Leathers & Associates want the community to help them design this new playground. They are asking students from six local elementary schools to draw their dream playground on these papers. There is also a survey on the City of Evansville website where you can leave your feedback.

Leathers & Associates will reveal the design on October 19.

Mayor Winnecke said, "The fact that we're able to carry out this really great community vision and take it to a new level for our community; I think is really phenomenal."

Just like the first time, the new playground will be build with private funds. The community will be invited to build the new kingdom.

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