Inclusive Playground Construction to Begin at Highland View Park on May 13

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (May 10, 2024) – The playground at Highland View Park is getting some upgrades next week to create a more inclusive playground that accommodates kids of all abilities.

The park will be closed during the renovations. Work is scheduled to start on Monday, May 13, 2024, and will continue into June. Please avoid the playground area during the renovations and be aware of construction equipment that will be on site.

The renovated park will feature a We-Go-Swing. The We-Go-Swing lets kids of all abilities play together and experience swinging. It’s designed so there’s no need to transfer to the swing and can be walked or driven (with wheelchair) right onto.

It will be one of the first installed in a public playground area in Tennessee.

“Currently, the only one in the state is at Saint Jude’s in Memphis so we’re looking forward to having one to use here in Oak Ridge,” Recreation and Parks Special Projects Coordinator Seth Rodgers said.

The improvements to the park are funded by Community Development Block Grant funds, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program aimed at serving low-to-moderate income people in our community. If you have any questions, please call the Oak Ridge Civic Center front desk at (865) 425-3450.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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