Bryant Square Park prepares for a makeover

One of several preliminary design concepts for the Bryant Square Park playground.

The Bryant Square Park playground and wading pool will close for construction late this summer.

The new playground design is not finalized, but it will likely double the number of swings and include the longest zip line possible, at the request of neighborhood kids. A water feature in the playground will allow children to make sand pies.

The new wading pool will have a zero-depth entry.

The CARAG neighborhood group plans to contribute funding for the park as well, perhaps spending the money on water features, shade structures or air conditioning.

The neighborhood is also interested in salvaging the pool’s concrete dolphin and reusing it somewhere in the park. The $4,000 price tag raises questions about how to fund the project, however, and board members are considering a kickstarter or help from donors.

“We have every intention of doing what we can,” said Diana Boegemann, president of the CARAG board.

The playground equipment dates back to 1996, and the pool dates back to 1970.

The Recreation Center at 3101 Bryant Ave. S. will also close for about six weeks in June for replacement of the roof, furnace and flooring. A new mosaic will appear on the exterior of the building.

A public hearing to approve the playground design is May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board headquarters, 2117 West River Rd. N.