Passersby at Victoria Park, located at 3051 W. Northgate in Irving, may have been concerned on Monday and Tuesday as the playground area was being demolished by work crews.
But not to worry.
New and better playground equipment will soon be erected there.
Chuck Majors, Irving parks operations manager, said the older playground equipment is to be replaced, partly in order to install new equipment which will meet Consumer Products Safety Commission standards.
“The playground equipment there was over 25 years old, and will be replaced with new and better features,” he said. “Over the years, it has seen a lot of kids, and was beginning to show signs of deterioration.”
Majors said the swings at the park continue to be in good condition, but will be relocated to another park so all new equipment will soon be used at Victoria Park.
The total cost of the project is about $560,000, to be paid from bond funds, and park officials hope to have it open to the public by November.
Robert Lawhorn, Irving landscape architect, said most of the new equipment will be of steel and plastic and will last much longer than the playground equipment which had been used.
He said the new playground will be called Victoria Castle, and will feature a dragon on which kids can play as well as a climbing net, monkey bars, slides, small merry-go-round and numerous other features.
“In all, there will be 47 new features at the park,” he said.
In addition, Lawhorn said there will be better lighting.
“We will have energy-efficient LED lighting, which will result in using less electricity,” he said.
Also, he said the new equipment will require less maintenance than the wooden playground equipment which had been used.
He also said the new playground will meet all federal and state safety standards.