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For Immediate Release: June 11, 2015
Contact: Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager 941-954-2613





Sarasota, FL: The Payne Park playground is temporarily closed through Monday, June 22 for a maintenance inspection, improvements and repairs.  Families are encouraged to use the many other public playgrounds located throughout the City including Bayfront Park, located at U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.


Payne Park playground is very popular and used by tens of thousands of children every year.  To ensure the equipment is safe and in good condition, the playground is temporarily closed once a year while a comprehensive maintenance inspection is conducted.


“Payne Park playground is so popular it is difficult to close it even temporarily,” said Project Manager Neil Gaines.  “We plan to make the most of this temporary closure.  Not only will the maintenance inspection will be conducted, but there will be improvements to the playground and repairs also will be done.  When it reopens on June 22, the playground will be in improved condition for the children.”


In addition to the inspection, the drainage at the splash pad will be improved, requiring the demolition of the current concrete slab.  An electrical fan system, which helps cool children by blowing air over the play area, was struck by lightning recently and will be replaced.  The faux grass playground surface will be cleaned and repaired. Trees in the vicinity will be trimmed and the landscape beds freshened.  The playground also will be pressure washed and sanitized.


The circus themed playground opened in June 2012.  It is surrounded by 29 acres of urban parkland adjacent to the Sarasota Police Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane, in downtown Sarasota.  Payne Park also includes a half-mile exercise trail, skateboard park and tennis courts.


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