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Posted on: June 6, 2019

New recreation activities added to Blackman Park in Downtown Jackson

We-saw

Fun for the whole family can now be found in a popular park in Downtown Jackson. The City of Jackson Parks and Recreation Department has completed the installation of new recreation activities in Horace Blackman Park.

You’ve heard of a seesaw, but what about a We-saw? The park now has its very own We-saw! Its unique design and gentle rocking motion invites kids and families of all ages and abilities to participate in the fun. The We-saw is wheelchair accessible, and provides opportunities for collaborative play and teamwork. The We-saw can be found in the section of the park outside First Congregational Church.

The other new activity is sure to put music in the air! Large interactive chimes that invite people to make music have also been installed. The chimes are located near sidewalks, which make them wheelchair accessible. It can be found in the section of the park along W. Michigan Avenue, across from the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Hall.

Parks and Recreation Director Kelli Hoover says her department is excited to bring activities that would typically be found in neighborhood parks to the downtown area. “A wide variety of festivals and concerts take place in Horace Blackman Park. We’re excited to offer more activities in the park, especially something that will be fun for all ages,” Hoover said.

Across N. Jackson Street from Horace Blackman Park is Bucky Harris Park, where the city is planning on installing a community fire pit and swing set later this summer.

Watch this video to see the new activities in action!


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