Fernandina Beach’s New Pirate Playground: Like no playground you’ve seen!

Kids' start breaking in Pirate Playground during its grand opening May 10, 2014.

Kids’ start breaking in Pirate Playground during its grand opening May 10, 2014.

After 5 long years of planning and fundraising, Pirate Playground officially opened “for business” May 10, 2014.

This playground, built to accommodate children and parents of all abilities, is like nothing our region has seen before.

The playground includes spinning and climbing features as well as handicapped-accessible swings.

The playground includes spinning and climbing features as well as handicapped-accessible swings.

It’s set in a breezy, shaded area among the trees behind the Atlantic Rec Center Auditorium and next to Egan’s Creek at 2500 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach. The community-accessible playground integrates exercise, art, nature, music, imagination, and local history for children of all physical and mental abilities. Parents can relax on benches or at nearby picnic tables, and there are restrooms close by.

The playground includes nods to local history, including parts of a pirate ship.

The playground includes nods to local history, including parts of a pirate ship.

The playground is the result of years of work by a nonprofit called 8 Flags Playscapes. It was founded by local father of two Aaron Morgan, who came up with a dream to build it.

Hard at work in the construction zone.

Hard at work in the construction zone.

Now that it’s built, maintaining Pirate Playground will be one of the nonprofit’s focuses.

Learn more about the organization and how you can support it at 8flagsplayscapes.org.

Kids check out Pirate Playground's musical features.

Kids check out Pirate Playground’s musical features.

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