Lake Poway Playground Renovation
(Photo: Lake Poway playground opening celebration on Dec. 27, 2023.)
The adventure-themed playground renovation of Lake Poway's upper playground was completed in December 2023. The project received unanimous approval at the Feb. 21, 2023 Poway City Council meeting.
The goal was to create a safe space where kids can develop social, emotional, and physical skills. The new playground incorporates activities inspired by the lake, with natural colors that reflect Poway’s largest regional park. Shade sails cover over half the playground, in addition to natural shade provided by trees, to ensure the playground is enjoyable even during warmer weather.
In the area for younger children, there is a boat that is American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible by wheelchair and a dock. It has play elements to represent the trees surrounding the playground and rocks of Mt. Woodson. It has a snack bar/bait shop made to look like the concession building at the lake, where kids can pretend to purchase snack and fishing tackle.
The play area for older children includes two towers with cork-screw slides, and elements that allow kids to choose different levels of difficulty. There is a log slide, stacked stump steps and a balancing leaf wobble board.
The city received a grant from the California State Department of Parks and Recreation to pay for a portion of the construction costs.
December 27, 2023: An estimated 500 community members of all ages helped celebrate the playground's opening.
December 2023: Although putting in the massive shade sail poles was one of the first steps of the Lake Poway playground renovation project, the shade sails themselves could not be installed until the playground was nearly finished.
November 2023: Workers diligently followed the intricate design plan for assembling the interlocking rubber mat. The playground surface alternates between tones of green (depicting grassy hills) and shades of blue (depicting the lake).
November 2023: The play structures were installed. Here’s a quick behind the scenes look at the progress through the end of October.
October 2023: Playground equipment was delivered.
September 2023: Features to improve access included constructing a new American with Disabilities Act (ADA) parking stall to connect to the ADA accessible pathway and ramp leading to the new play equipment.
September 2023: Posts for the playground’s shade sails were placed. The shade sails will safeguard both visitors and the equipment from the sun.
August 2023: Boulders were positioned along the accessible pathway and ramp as one of the many design features inspired by the city's largest recreation area.
August 2023: Grading in progress.
July 2023: Demolition underway. The contractor cleared and prepared the upper playground area for future construction.
June 2023: Temporary fencing was set up around the Lake Poway Upper Playground.
February 2023: Design video overview of park.