Brentwood city leaders will vote Dec. 13 whether to approve work to build the Miles Together playground, an all-inclusive playground for children of different abilities.

On the night of Dec. 9, Brentwood city leaders discussed the final design for the new playground to be located at Granny White Park in the west part of Brentwood.

The design of the 22,000-square-foot playground was crafted with citizen input and is intended to allow children of different physical and intellectual abilities to play together.

The Brentwood City Commission will vote at their regular meeting on whether to hire Hendersonville-based Custom Recreation, the city’s selected contractor, to install the equipment next year.

If approved, grading and site work are expected to begin early next year with a potential opening in spring 2022.

“It’s a combination of accessible and standard equipment,” Assistant City Manager Kirk Bednar said. “That was the goal—so everyone could play together at one playground.”

The playground is named in honor of Miles Peck, who was born with Down syndrome. The Peck family lives in Brentwood and founded the Miles for Miles Foundation, a nonprofit that works to enhance the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The new playground will feature 18,500 square feet of 3.5-inch thick Vitriturf rubber play surface and 3,500 square feet of synthetic turf, according to the city. The estimated cost to install the playground equipment is $730,000. The total project cost is $1.68 million, higher than a previous $1 million estimate. Bednar acknowledged the increase is due to including additional playground space, parking, fencing and an additional bathroom building with an adult changing station.

Equipment included in the final design includes:

  • inclusive Rail Rider (zip-line);

  • Team Swing;

  • Kid Builder Arch Swing with various belt, inclusive, tot and generation seats;

  • Kid Builder ramp to Together Glider;

  • freestanding 96-inch-tall Double Wide Slide;

  • hammock;

  • Harry the Hippo;

  • Calvin the Caterpillar;

  • frog sculpture;

  • dragon head Sculpture;

  • Team Totter;

  • Unlimited Play Turnabout Spinner;

  • jackhammers;

  • Quiet Grove structure;

  • NuEdge Crawl Log;

  • Tire Climb; and

  • Concerto Vibes to include small, medium, and large cabasas, chimes and conga drums.

Funding for this project is a community effort due to donations from the Brentwood Rotary Clubs, the Miles for Miles Foundation, the City of Brentwood 50th Anniversary Committee, and other business and community donors.

Also included on the Brentwood City Commission agenda is a potential agreement with The Parent Co. for site work for the playground. The firm submitted a low bid of $669,000 for that work.

The commission meeting will be Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Brentwood City Hall, 5211 Maryland Way, Brentwood. You can watch that meeting live here.