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The City of St. Augustine will rededicate its iconic playground, Project S.W.I.N.G (St. Augustine’s Wish for Its Next Generation), on Friday, November 11 at 11:00am, with the hopes that it being a federal holiday, families with school-aged children will be able to attend.
“We welcome everyone to come down, especially those who may have been participants in the original community build in 1997,” City Manager John Regan announced today. “This has been quite an undertaking. With input from the community, it was important that the playground not lose its original character, so we are pleased to see much of the original components still part of it.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place to mark the official re-opening of the park. Mayor Tracy Upchurch will offer remarks and members of the community who helped with this project will be recognized. Parking for those who wish to attend the ceremony will be available free of charge at the Historic Downtown Parking Facility, located at 1 Cordova Street, adjacent to the Visitor Information Center, from 10:30am – 11:15am. When entering the parking garage, notify the gate attendant that you are attending the Project S.W.I.N.G. ceremony.
In May 2021, the southern portion of the playground was closed due to significant deterioration and safety concerns. The goal was to have work completed by the month of November so the re-opening of the playground would coincide with the 25th Anniversary of Project S.W.I.N.G..
Media inquiries may be directed to Melissa Wissel, Communications Director, at 904.293.3307 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: Florida's Historic Coast