Western Regional Park has a new climbing playground for children to enjoy, County Executive Ken Ulman announced last week.

The new playground, for use by older children, comprises a large net climber, two climbing boulders, two climber "sky runners" and a rubber safety surface.


Ulman said in a statement that the new park was another addition to Howard County's "high quality of life."

"I am pleased to offer more amenities for families and visitors to enjoy," he said.

County Council member Greg Fox, who represents the western county in District 5, said in a statement that the playground was a "welcome addition."

"I know many families who will enjoy and benefit from this playground for years to come," he said.

The playground, which cost $181,995 to build, is the latest in a series of additions scheduled for the 190-acre park in Woodbine, which opened in 2006.

The county's Department of Recreation and Parks recently installed two batting cages for the Western Howard County Youth Baseball League to use.

Other improvements scheduled for completion by the end of next year include:

•The installation of a scoreboard on Field 1

•A new pedestrian access to the overflow parking lot

•The addition of concrete pads for additional bleachers along the Multipurpose Field #4 visitor side

•Benches along the pathway system

•Additional landscaping