Porter Park work nearing completion in Prairie Village; nature play area one of the improvements

Porter Park will include a "nature play area" similar to this one at Bennett Park when an improvement project is completed.
Porter Park will include a “nature play area” similar to this one at Bennett Park when an improvement project is completed.

An overhaul of Porter Park that includes extending its trail along Roe Avenue, improving drainage at the ballpark and installing a “nature play” area is expected to be completed by mid-September.

Melissa Prenger, project manager for the Prairie Village Public Works Department, said the drainage and trail components are well under way, and work is beginning on the nature play feature.

The nature play area allows children to scramble on natural objects including tree stumps, thick branches laid out like balancing beams and a sand pit. Similar installations are at Taliaferro, Bennett and Franklin Parks.

“It gives kids a different feel and play value than traditional playground equipment,” Prenger said.

As part of the nature play area, the rubber mulch beneath some of the park’s traditional playground equipment is being replaced with wood mulch to better blend with the nature play area.

The mulch beneath this playground equipment at Porter Park is being replaced as part of an improvement project.
The mulch beneath this playground equipment at Porter Park is being replaced as part of an improvement project.