Fort Kid playground in Knoxville closed due to safety issues

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Downtown Knoxville’s volunteer-built Fort Kid playground has been closed after a complaint and subsequent inspection found a number of safety problems and ADA issues.

City of Knoxville Communications Director Eric Vreeland says a decision hasn’t been made about the long-term future of the playground, but it has been closed pending an assessment.

The playground was closed on November 2. A citizen complained in October to the Knox County Health Department and an inspector found a whole list of problems, including exposed nails, trip hazards and splintered wood.

More online: Read the full inspection report

The city says many of the wooden components of the playground are worn out and need to be replaced.

The playground off World’s Fair Park Drive was built by volunteers 27 years ago. More volunteers made repairs and upgrades in 2014.

The city suggests families instead utilize the newer playground down the street on World’s Fair Park Drive on the northern end of World’s Fair Park.

A post on the playground’s Twitter account Monday said there are plans to meet with city officials in January and urged supporters to contact their city council representative.

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