Ocean City, MD – (April 18, 2017): The Recreation & Parks Department is pleased to announce the Boardwalk Playground, a new playground located at N Division St and the Boardwalk, is officially open to the public.
“The Town is very grateful to the Department of Natural Resources for recognizing the value of a playground along Ocean City’s amazing Boardwalk, and for providing the funding to assure its construction,” Ocean City Recreation and Parks Director Susan Petito said. “This project would not have been possible without the input and cooperation from many of the Town’s Departments, and we are all so pleased to be able to offer another fun recreational amenity in Ocean City for our residents and visitors.”
Petito first proposed using Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Community Parks & Playgrounds Grant to purchase a playground to be placed near the beach downtown in August of 2015.
For the past few years, the Recreation and Parks Department has been exploring different avenues in replacing the wooden beach toys that were removed due to becoming outdated. During the summer of 2014 the first beach playground replacement of dinosaur bones was put on the beach off of the boardwalk on 3rd street, and Wally the Whale followed in 2016 being placed on the beach off of the boardwalk near Somerset Street.
The newest Boardwalk Playground located on N. Division Street and the Boardwalk, funded by the DNR, has been completed, and is now ready for its big debut. The structure is a traditional playground consisting of multiple play pieces, such as slides, play panels, interactive pieces and climbers. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for this project on Wednesday, April 26 at 4:00 p.m. at the location of the new playground.