Village of Williamsville celebrates opening of new playground at South Long Park

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (October 14, 2022) – The Village of Williamsville on Friday, October 14, officially opened a new playground that features obstacle course style equipment including an expansive net climbing structure. The playground also houses a new 16’x20′ metal roof pavilion that can be rented for family events. In addition, a new tennis/pickleball court and basketball court have been added.

Mayor Deb Rogers, who serves as Parks Committee liaison, said: “This is another step forward in a three-year old initiative to greatly enhance our Village parks. Renovations have taken outdated park features and replaced them with state-of-the-art playground equipment. With all of these new additions and improvements, our long-neglected parks are now shining examples of what a modern park experience should be like for our residents.”

The South Long Park playground is the second in a series of upgrades planned for the Village’s parks within the next three years. In Spring 2019, the Parks Committee – an all-volunteer panel – initiated the creation of a guidance document, referred to as Picture our Parks 2025. Last year, the Island Park playground was the focus of the upgrades.

Village Parks Committee Chairwoman Lauren Schellinger spearheaded the community build. “I was impressed and gratified by how many people in our community volunteered their free time to build the playground. Thanks to the prep work done by the Village Department of Public Works, the build went smoothly.”

The playground was designed by Parkitects, a playground design and build company, with input from the Village Board and the Parks Committee.

“The area around South Long Park is experiencing unprecedented growth. Great parks make for great neighborhoods,” said Rogers.

Further details about the Village’s Picture Our Parks 2025 plan can be found by visiting