Payton's Playspace: Newly Renovated Playground in Grant-Valkaria

This playground's renovation was made possible by community donors and volunteers

September 13, 2023

The Grant-Valkaria Community Park underwent an overhaul of their playground area with the generous assistance of local volunteers. This heartwarming initiative was inspired by Tim & Jess Watson, long-time members of the community who lost their young daughter in 2022. They began gathering donations to enhance the playground in her memory, and with the town, joined forces with Play by Design. A company that works hand in hand with communities to design, organize, and construct playgrounds, Play by Design directed nearly 500 volunteers to ensure a safe and complete playground by the end of the week.

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Payton’s Playspace is a nature-inspired haven, thoughtfully crafted to seamlessly blend in with the surrounding natural habitat. It’s a magical space that stimulates imaginative play with the inclusion of fairy playhouses, musical flowers, and whimsical, yet simple, features. The playground features paved pathways, play equipment, and strategic spaces tailored to three different age groups with a secure perimeter fence and comfortable seating to ensure that children and caregivers can enjoy a safe and relaxed environment.

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Furthermore, the playground is designed to be inclusive and accessible to all, with sensory play elements, wheelchair-accessible surfaces, and textures that are safe for exploration and play, ensuring that everyone can join in on the fun.

This project is made possible solely through the generous financial, product, and service donations of the community, as well as the invaluable contributions of volunteers.

Lisa Marshall Photography  

Peyton's Playspace at Grant Valkaria Community Park is located at 1449 Valkaria Road, Grant-Valkaria, FL 32950 

All photos are provided by Lisa Marshall Photography

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