McCauley Park Inclusive Playground Project

Project Summary

New and bigger inclusive playground replaces outdated equipment.

Project Quick Facts


$1 million was budgeted for this project in 2022.


Game Time is contracted to install the new interactive playground.

Anticipated Completion Date:

This project was completed in May 2023.

In July of 2022, the City of Nixa Parks & Recreation Department announced design plans and concept renderings for a new inclusive playground to be built at McCauley Park.

“Nixa Parks and Recreation is excited to have the opportunity to bring an amazing park upgrade to the Nixa community,” says Matt Crouse, Nixa’s Director of Parks & Recreation, “and we know the community will be excited for this playground renovation. Nixa Parks and Recreation knows that play is fundamental to a child’s development, and children with all abilities deserve the opportunity to be socially accepted and included in play with their peers. The new playground design aims to encourage interaction, break down barriers, foster friendships, and encourage multigenerational play.”

Construction on the project is anticipated to begin fall of 2022 with completion anticipated by the end of 2022. (Project construction has since been delayed by the contractor and is now anticipated to complete in April 2023.)

The inclusive playground will feature a motion sensor arch, pour in place surfacing, and offers various types and forms of play at a variety of graduated levels and challenges.

The new playground equipment will replace aged playground equipment which has reached the end of its life. The current playground equipment is 20 years old. Earlier this year, the parks department invested in a project to resolve recurring stormwater issues which were impacting the playground area. That project has been completed and the site is now better prepared for the installation of new playground equipment.

The McCauley Park playground renovation was planned for in the city’s 2022 budget. The cost of the new playground is just under $1 million. In order to afford a playground installation of this magnitude, Mayor and Council earmarked funding which had been saved and accumulated over 8 of the city’s budget years. On Monday July 11, 2022, Nixa City Council passed a resolution authorizing the city to enter into a contract for the construction of the new inclusive playground.

April 26, 2023

Inclusive Playground Grand Opening

Nixa Parks & Recreation is excited to announce a grand opening ceremony for the new inclusive playground at McCauley Park will be held Tuesday, May 2nd, 5pm to 7pm. Local media and members of the Nixa community are invited to attend this ceremony. In conjunction with the ribbon cutting for the new nearly $1 million playground, we will celebrate that PlayCore, a leading company in play and recreation research, programming, and products, recently awarded its National Demonstration SiteTM Award to Nixa Parks & Recreation.

The playground will be open to the public beginning Monday, May 1st, 2023 at 9am.

Read the full press release. 


November 17, 2022

Surface preparation begins for new playground

The independent contractors are on site and are preparing the surface to begin installation of the new inclusive playground at McCauley Park!


July 18, 2022

Nixa Parks announces design plans and concept renderings for a new inclusive playground to be built at McCauley Park

February 18, 2022

McCauley Park Playground Closing for Construction of Stormwater Infrastructure
McCauley Park Playground will CLOSE on Wednesday, February 23rd to allow construction crews to install stormwater infrastructure to help mitigate the water run off that impacts this playground.
The playground will be closed for use until the work is complete. The playground will reopen to the public after the stormwater project is complete. The playground will close again later in 2022 for the installation of new inclusive playground equipment at McCauley Park.
We thank you for your patience as we work to improve this playground and bring a new and very exciting inclusive playground to our community.

Playground under construction