We are excited to announce that 8 Flags Playscapes has set into motion the redevelopment and enhancement of one of Fernandina Beach’s most underutilized park assets, Egans Creek Park. Following the overwhelming success of our work in the development of Pirate Playground, this private/public partnership between our organization and the City of Fernandina Beach will set a new precedent for the development of recreational facilities in our community.
A quarter-mile fitness trail with twelve exercise stations, a yoga garden, a fishing and birdwatching dock, and a kayak launch into Egans Creek will provide a wide array of activities to engage people of all interests, while maintaining our high standards for universal accessibility. Additionally, new restroom facilities, gazebos, and pavilion structures will provide the amenities necessary for the park to be functional as well as beautiful. Please check here regularly or visit our Facebook page, as more details will be released in the near future.
Drum roll, please! After successfully building Pirate Playground, 8 Flags Playscapes is ready to expand our vision. So, we’re adopting a new mission:
“8 Flags Playscapes, Inc. is dedicated to the enhancement of our community through the development of recreational environments that are universally accessible to all.”
To fulfill this mission, we have a new project under wraps that will be unveiled very soon! Stay tuned to our website to be among the first to know what it is.
Does your child want to know what it’s like to sit in a fire truck? This is your chance to make that dream come true! TOUCH A TRUCK is coming up on Saturday, October 18, 9 AM–2 PM.
Central Park on Atlantic Avenue will be filled with all kinds of cool vehicles for kids to touch and explore. Fire truck, food trucks, police car, fire-rescue vehicle, monster truck, golf carts, utility truck, school bus, construction trucks and more will be there, so make sure you are! If that’s not enough, there will be a bounce house, too!
There’s no admission to this event, but donations will be gratefully accepted to help fund Pirate Playground maintenance and upkeep.
On July 24, Texas Roadhouse became the largest single donor to Pirate Playground by presenting a check for $22,000. With that amount, the playground will soon see an additional feature called the “Sway Fun.” Riders go up a ramp, take a seat (or bring their own!) in the boat-shaped area, and start the swaying! Take a look at this video of the ride!
Finally, after 5 years of planning, fund-raising, and building, PIRATE PLAYGROUND is ready to open! The ribbon-cutting ceremony is at Noon today, and the Grand “Play” Opening for children is tomorrow (May 10) at 9 AM. Hope you can join us for these joyous occasions! Can’t wait to show you the pictures of these events!
Everybody get your work gloves ready and come on down to the COMMUNITY BUILD DAY at the Pirate Playground on April 26. There will be plenty of jobs for all, including planting, assembling equipment, installing benches, and tidying up the place! Lunch will be provided onsite. Kids are welcome to come and help, too. Stay for an hour or stay all day – any amount of time you can spend with us is appreciated. This will be the last major effort needed to get the park ready for the grand opening in May (more info about that later), so WE NEED YOUR HELP. See you at the playground on April 26!