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Photos: Beloved Richmond playground reopens with brand-new zipline

Have you checked out the playground since it reopened?

A big zipline, towering slides and swings are some of the features in the newly reopened South Arm Community Park playground.

The playground was closed for almost a year for the renewal due to the scale and complexity of the project.

At the time of closing, however, the removal of the playground's iconic castle left the community feeling conflicted.

Although there is still some minor work left to do, city spokesperson Clay Adams said the playground was deemed safe to reopen on Wednesday.

Richmond resident Miriam Still and her two kids, like many in the community, decided to check out the playground as soon as they saw others playing inside on Wednesday.

“We live nearby and my kids were so excited that the playground has opened,” Still told the Richmond News.

So far, her son likes the big slide with multiple climbing features the most.

Carol Chan and her two daughters, four and two years old, also visited the playground as soon as it reopened. Her four-year-old, along with many other young patrons, is especially enamoured with the big zipline.

The proximity of the play areas for older and younger kids was another standout feature for Chan.

“I will come here again. It’s just easy for me to watch (my two daughters,” she said.