GREENSBORO, N.C. -- LeBauer Park appears to be an instant hit.
“Oh it's fantastic,” said Tara Niculescue. “There are so many different things for them to do. The rock wall, and the sand pit and the slide and the different toys. Not the normal playground and it's fenced.”
The four-acre facility offers something for just about everyone.
The park was made possible by a gift from Carolyn LeBauer. When she passed away in 2012 she left instructions for the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro to use money from her estate to build a spectacular park. Now after a couple of years of planning, preparation and construction, her dream has become a reality.
“It's something really unique that a lot of other cities are looking at and want to do and copy for themselves,” said Guilford County Parks and Recreation Director Walter Walcutt
Overhead, in the center of the park, is a colorful sculpture by artist Jane Echelman. It's titled "Where we met."
LeBauer Park also ties together other downtown destinations that are already popular with visitors.
“With the Children's Museum and the Library and Art Quest, we'll be here all the time,” Niculescue said.
And many people we talked to say the park gives them even more incentive to visit downtown Greensboro over and over again.