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There’s a new playground in Downtown Norfolk

(Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of the city of Norfolk)
(Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of the city of Norfolk)

NORFOLK — Downtown residents had expressed to the city a need for a safe play space for children in the Freemason area.

Based on community input, Recreation, Parks and Open Space partnered with the Blocker Norfolk YMCA of South Hampton Roads and the Freemason Civic League to develop a public playground on Dunmore Street, according to a news release from the city.

A ribbon cutting for the Freemason Playground will take place on Nov. 28 at 3:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to introduce another playground for our community to enjoy in the City of Norfolk. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Freemason Civic League and the Blocker Norfolk YMCA to serve our families downtown,” said Darrell Crittendon, Director of RPOS.

Located next to the Blocker Norfolk YMCA, 312 W. Bute St., the Freemason Playground is fully accessible and designed for children ages 5 to 12.

The playground features a colorful nautical themed ship sailing on a sea of blue rubberized safety play surface, according to the city.

The design concept integrates with Norfolk’s identity as an urban waterfront city.

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