Third Street Park Has New Playground Equipment

New playground equipment was recently installed at Third Street Park.

Third Street Park is ready for the community to enjoy.

New children’s play equipment with mulching and new stairs leading to the ballpark on Third Street was recently completed.

“This is a $92,000 project that was funded by the Patterson Family Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Pathways to a Healthy Kansas, and a contribution from The City of Fort Scott,” Rachel Carpenter, director of the Healthy Bourbon Action Team (HBCAT), who is spearheading the project, said.

“The playground is open to the public!” she said.

Bouncers were part of the playground equipment installed at Third Street Park recently.

The need for Third Street Park’s improvement project was identified by the community through public forums, surveys, and a steering committee, according to Carpenter, in a prior press release.

A Building Up Our Neighborhoods Placemaking project has already repaired the bathrooms and existing structures, including the basketball goal. Last month stairs were made from the upper level of the park to the lower level.

Rachel Carpenter. Submitted photo. 2023


Community members were able to develop priorities that they wanted to see happen at the park, Carpenter said in a  prior press release. Those priorities:

  • Repairing the bathrooms
  • Repairing the existing structures
  • Repairing the basketball goal
  • Adding additional playground structures
  • Adding stairs
  • Tyler Sharp, Marbery Construction, Fort Scott, lays straw to prevent erosion following the building of the concrete stairs from the upper-level playground to the lower-level ball field at Third Street Park on Sept. 15.

“Fort Scott Kiwanis provided volunteers to fix the existing structures, the basketball goals, and paint the bathrooms,” she said. “The City of Fort Scott provided an additional $10,000 that will go towards fixing up the bathrooms, fixing the pavilion floor, and surfacing for the existing structures.”

‘We are still collaborating with the City of Fort Scott to update the fixtures of the bathroom and fix the pavilion floor,” Carpenter said.

Last week, Playscapes, Yates Center, installed the new playground structures and put down the rubber mulch surfacing.

The playground structures include a Temple Trolley, a Swizzler, and two bouncers.

A new piece of equipment at Third Street Park.

2 thoughts on “Third Street Park Has New Playground Equipment”

  1. Great job everyone! Volunteers, funding, and the organizational effort, It’s turning out very nicely.

  2. I want 2 take my grandkids n go play!! Went there a long time ago. I live in Pittsburg now but fort scott is my home town n i miss it!!!! I want 2 go back!!! Thank u 4 fiving it. N i hope i get 2 take them in the future. I only have 13!!!

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