Mayor Reed visited the park in March 2016 and announced his support for a new playground. A playground steering committee was formed, and an Open House was conducted on May 5, 2017 to gather neighborhood input. A new playground design was created, which balanced the use of the park space, the desire to keep the open field intact, and still keep to a budget. The city offered a budget of $200,000, which was not enough to allow for the playground to be built in a single phase. Instead of stretching the project out over months or years for fundraising, neighbors stepped forward and offered to fill the funding gap, including one donor who put forth $100,000. Park Pride joined in, and with their matching funds the project moved forward. The Conservancy is particularly proud that the project was completed on-budget and in record time.