The public will have an opportunity to share ideas that could help shape the future of the playground at The Commons during a meeting next week.

The city will solicit feedback from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday in the lower lobby of The Commons, 300 Washington St. The meeting will allow individuals to share their thoughts about the playground, Commons manager Shanda Sasse said.

The playground is named after James Henderson, the former CEO of Cummins Inc., who helped raise money for the $18 million Commons building through a public/private partnership.

The playground’s main feature is the 35-foot-tall Luckey Climber, an enclosed climbing area intended for children ages 5 to 12 surrounded by mesh netting. It was designed by the late Thomas Walker Luckey, an artist, sculptor and architect known for creating one-of-a-kind pieces. Other areas of the Commons playground are designed for toddlers ages 6 months to 2 years; and preschool children ages 2 to 5.

The playground, dedicated in April 2011 and part of the new Commons building when it opened two months later, has become a destination for people who live in Columbus as well as visitors to Columbus, Sasse said.

“It’s a wonderful asset. It’s kind of getting to the point where we take a step back and reassess,” Sasse said.

For more on this story, see Friday’s Republic.

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