We got a sneak peek at the brand new Kid Venture 2.0 Playground in Anderson, we’re here to tell you about it because families are really going to love it!
Kid Venture 2.0 has been in the works for several years and cost around $3.5 million. I learned that it really was a lesson in bureaucracy well done. From funding to planning to implementation, counties and local governments have worked together in a way that has produced something so beneficial for the community.
The biggest draw of the new playground is the paddling pool, but there’s so much more to this new playground! It has now been open since August 1, 2022.
Let’s start there because that’s why you’re reading this story, right? The paddling pool hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the start of the school year, then weekends only (Saturday and Sunday, same hours) until the end of September. Next summer the hours may change to be a bit later to help working parents and when/if that happens we will update our story here.
The design of the whole playground is so playful and fun, including the paddling pool. There is water coming out of the ground as well as drops from above in tall, colorful structures. There isn’t much shade on the wading pool yet, but the county will be planting trees along the benches to help meet this challenge. They couldn’t do it in the heat of summer or the trees would die.
The entire paddling pool is fenced in and is right next to the path along the pond where the ducks and geese are.
The entire playground is ADA accessible and part of the playground is also sensory. Glenn Brill, director of Anderson County’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Division, told me that this playground is for everyone. His enthusiasm was contagious and I could easily see how enthusiastic he was about the playground and paddling pool being open to the public.
There’s a cute little market for little kids with a fire truck to drive, tunnels to go through and a pretend farmers market. It’s so cute and they call it the Lil Village. Ah!
The sensory area is just beyond this part with comfortable nooks to sit inside.
Part of the original Kid Venture playground is still there and includes part of the swing set and larger slides and walkways. There’s also a spinning area called Swingin’ & Blues with little seats that spin, a mushroom-shaped spinning wheel kids can hold on to, and a covered, ground-level, wheelchair-accessible Merry Go Round spinning seat. My kids loved this one.
There are nice shaded areas with benches all along the play area and the ground is quite soft.
The bathrooms are large and beautiful and resistant. Glenn told me they double as storm shelter and can handle winds of up to 120 mph. You didn’t know a bathroom could do that, did you? Don’t feel bad, neither do I.
The bathrooms are self-closing and are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and are located just inside the play area next to the splash pool for easy access.
The picnic shelter
There’s a nice, big, shaded picnic area at Kid Venture, but the county doesn’t rent it out – it’s first come, first served. So if you want to throw a birthday party for your kid there (which would be pretty cool), get there early and get settled. There is no charge to host a party or other gathering there.
Visit Kid Venture 2.0
Kid Venture 2.0 has a lot going for it and as a parent the two things I noticed right away that I thought were so important was that the whole playground is fenced in and there’s lots of shaded areas to sit. And the shade is not just a canopy. No. These are beautiful butterflies and flowers, so eye-catching, pretty and useful! If you’ve been to Dollywood, these look a lot like the shade structures they have there.
The playground is open daily for play, the bathrooms are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the paddling pool is open until the start of the school year every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in September from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There is no charge for the playground or wading pool. The county has also installed cameras throughout the park for security reasons.
I took my kids, ages 11 and 7, to the playground and splash pool and they loved it. I would say the best ages are toddlers through middle school, maybe a bit younger. Kid Venture 2.0 is a great addition to Anderson County and I think the community will really love this place.
7 Jim Ed, Rice Circle, Anderson