Southern Arkansas University’s Community Playground will reopen to the public on Thursday, April 1, 2021. The playground has been closed for safety reasons since last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The playground, located near the duck pond and tennis courts at SAU, is for children ages 2-12 and has an occupancy limit of 35. It includes several climbing components, a floating tunnel tower, pad and ring swing challenge ladders, and a single sectional slide. The ground covering is softwood mulch, and the area is enclosed in a four-foot black chain link fence. Children must be accompanied by adult supervision at all times. The playground is open from dawn to dusk.
This area of SAU’s campus around the duck pond hosts several fishing derbies each year, and the nearby walking trail welcomes families from the community. The tennis courts also encourage campus and community members to enjoy the outdoors.
A benefit of encouraging youth to visit SAU’s campus for the playground and other activities is to acclimatize them to a college setting. The playground also serves children of the SAU family – students, faculty, and staff – who live on or visit campus.
SAU is excited to make this feature available to the public once again.