Construction and playground renovations to begin in Pfluger Park
The Pfluger Park playground area, 515 City Park Road, will close the week of March 19 until mid-May to allow for construction of a new playground, a pavilion, site furnishings and added accessibility. The cornerstone of this project, the new playground, will provide a safe and accessible play space and include elements honoring the history of the park.
“The Pfluger Park playground is the city’s largest and most popular in our inventory. It has served our community for the past twenty years and needs to be replaced,” Parks & Recreation Director James Hemenes said. “Thanks to City Council, Parks and Recreation Commission prioritizations and with grant support from the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC), the new playground will be a more prominent and special feature befitting the jewel that is Pfluger Park.”
Signage at the previous playground indicated that it was for ages 5-12. The new playground has added a play area specifically for children 2-5 (pictured below right), increasing opportunities for small children to play.
The city of Pflugerville and our playground manufacturers follow Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Guidelines for Playground Safety. The old playground was recommended for replacement by third party inspectors because it no longer adhered to these guidelines. Not only was the playground deteriorating because of age, but it had design elements that were considered potential hazards.
During the playground renovation, a large American Elm tree will be removed from the center of the playground. This tree has dropped limbs in the area, and was recommended by several arborists for removal since it is a safety hazard.
The $240,000 funding for this project comes from Parks and Recreation’s annual operations and maintenance budget, and a PCDC grant.
While the playground area is under construction, the Pfluger Grove Picnic Area, the basketball court, sand volleyball courts and trails are still open. Other nearby playground options include Gilleland Creek Park (700 Railroad Ave.), Bohls Park (200 Immanuel Rd.), Heritage Park (901 Old Austin Hutto Rd.) and Moose Park (1218 W. Settlers Valley Dr.) For a full list of parks in Pflugerville, visit pflugervilletx.gov/trails for interactive and downloadable parks and trails maps.