McIlvoy Park Playground Renovation

new playground featuring a play panel depicting Olde Town Arvada

As part of the City of Arvada's 'Taking Lasting Care' program, the Parks and Urban Design team renovated the playground at McIlvoy Park, located at 5750 Upham St. in Olde Town Arvada. 

The new playground at McIlvoy Park opened to the public in November 2023. The playground's traditional theme and equipment were chosen with input received from the community through a Speak Up Arvada project. 

New playground features

  • The traditional themed playground includes a Sky Tower with multiple slides and climbing elements. The Sky Tower provides an exhilarating play experience that engages the senses while giving children the thrill of height with the comfort of the enclosure. 
  • The play routes throughout the Sky Tower are designed to provide children with varying levels of challenge. There are places to stop and play along the way to engage children of all ages and ability levels all the way to the top.
  • A separate 'First Play' structure designed specifically for children 6-23 months old. The 'First Play' structure features a small climb and slide and pretend play panel.
  • A 'Cozy Cocoon' spinner designed for children who need a cozy space to escape to when overstimulated. The spinning motion and interior tactile experiences assist children in relaxing. The windows on both sides allow for adult supervision, while the child feels enclosed in the space.
  • Single post swings with 2 belt seats and 1 tot seat.  
  • Custom play panel that illustrates Arvada's farming and ranching history.  
  • A Kid Powered Energy (KPE) panel that plays nature sounds when kids turn the knob.
  • New benches, trash receptacles, and ADA accessible picnic table.
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Project Timeline

  • Fall of 2022: The first round of public surveys on Speak Up Arvada were completed. Residents were able to share their preferences for playground themes and equipment.
  • Fall/Winter 2022: The City team incorporated feedback into playground design options.
  • Early 2023: Surveys on Speak Up Arvada were open from Feb. 6 through March 6 for the community to share their input on final design options. 
  • Spring 2023: The design team incorporated feedback received from the community to make a final design selection. For the McIlvoy Park playground renovation, the Traditional Theme (Option 2 in the survey) designed by Star Playgrounds was selected.
  • Late Summer/Early Fall 2023: Construction begins.
  • Late Fall 2023: Construction completed.