After nearly five months of closure, the playground at Nealon Park is back and better than ever.
The city's first all-inclusive, all-abilities playground is now also its largest, according to Menlo Park Community Services Director Derek Schweigart.
Development of the playground, which cost about $1 million, was overseen by a subcommittee on the city's Parks & Recreation Commission that offered advice to city staff on what they'd like to see and established goals to support inclusivity and "meet more needs of more children," Schweigart explained.
A community meeting early on in the process also engaged the neighborhood and enabled feedback on the playground design.
While it's still early, the initial response from local families to the new playground has been very positive, Schweigart said.
"I went out to the playground yesterday, hoping for a quieter day, and it was amazing how many people were out there," he said. "I think people are seeing that it is quite a special park."