Children’s Park Plans Move Forward

Pete Coggi, WyOutside board member representing HSGLF, and kids during a hands-on activity with furs and skulls.

Planning is proceeding for a Children’s Park on land leased from Hot Springs State Park by the Nature & Discovery Center Joint Powers Board (city/county). The property is located across the highway from the former Armory Building.

The concept of the Children’s Park is to provide an outdoor location which can provide educational and fun activities to get more kids, parents and adults outdoors. Although Wyoming is filled with outstanding outdoor locations, our children often do not have the opportunity to interact with our natural surroundings. The Children’s Park is designed to promote both structured and unstructured play and learning opportunities.

A planning meeting charette is scheduled Nov. 10, led by Kyle Gillette, Schutz-Foss Architects, Gillette, Wyoming.

Members of the Joint Powers Board recently met with Wyoming Department of Transportation staff to discuss potential details related to highway access, egress and pathways. The Board has also applied for funding from WYDOT and hopes to begin developing plans this fall for pathways, bikeways and other amenities.

The project is part of the overall planning for a Nature & Discovery Center in the state park. It is one of the recommended components of park improvements list in the 20-year Master Plan for Hot Springs State Park completed in 2016.