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Newport News Now is a daily e-newsletter that launched in March 2016. Articles that ran in our newsletter between March 2016 and March 2018 are available on these pages. Newsletters produced beginning in April 2018 can be viewed on our new daily newsletter page.

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May 10

Upgrade Underway at Fantasy Farm Playground

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 9:48 AM by Communications Department

The City’s 30,000 square foot Fantasy Farm Playground in RiverviewFF_worker_SC Farm Park will soon have a new updated look! This destination playground is one of the most used in the City, and is visited by over 80,000 children each year. It has not had a major upgrade since it was originally constructed over eighteen years ago.

Earlier this year, Parks, Recreation and Tourism began the process of implementing planned improvements to the playground. The Department contracted with outside vendors to develop new and more exciting play challenges while replacing some of the older worn equipment. Improvements included upgrading roofing systems that had faded, replacing merry-go-rounds with the most up to date and accessible units, and installing new freestanding climbers and spring riders. The playground will also sport some new features, including a “rock climber” that has been very popular in some of other City playgrounds. All renovations and additions are scheduled to be completed by May 2016.

The playground is adjacent to picnic facilities, an interactive garden (maintained by the Virginia Master Gardeners) , restrooms, a concession stand, athletic fields, a two mile paved multipurpose trail and a small skatepark.