New playground ready for Eureka Gardens children


A new playground built with financial support of the community will be dedicated Friday at troubled Eureka Gardens on the Westside.

As residents of the 400-unit low-income apartment complex deal with ongoing maintenance issues that drew hundreds of citations to its owners, a new, $95,000 playground for the area's 1,000 children was just completed.

Funds for the equipment and construction were mostly donated by the Jacksonville Auto Dealers Association and attorney Steve Pajcic.

The Eureka Gardens Tenants Association has agreed to take responsibility for maintaining the playground and for supervising the children, according to Wayman Ministries Pastor Mark Griffin.