Photos courtesy of David Kravetz.

The Lexington Division of Parks and Recreation has announced the formation of a new playground working group for the Jacobson Park Playground.

playground-2The group is made up of citizens representing various areas of interest who have voiced concerns or opinions about current playground structure, said Geoff Reed, Commissioner of General Services.

Parks and Recreation established the new committee to discuss how best to ensure this playground is constructed in a way that is safe, accessible to all and retains the creative features that have made it so special to the community’s children for over 20 years.

The committee’s recommendations will be presented at a public meeting.


Members of the newly formed committee include representatives of the Save Jacobson Playground group, the Mayor’s Commission for Citizens with Disabilities and Partners for YouthFormer Councilmember Sandy Shafer, an advocate for the city’s parks, will also join the committee.

Marc Leathers, son of Robert Leathers, who designed the existing playground at Jacobson, has been asked to come to Lexington in the next few weeks to examine the Jacobson and Shillito playgrounds and to provide ideas and recommendations. The Leathers report will be made public as soon as possible.