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Kids Planet Playground

Subfacility of Century Park

Documents

Kids Planet Map

Other Link Kids Planet Reservation Form

Features

  1. Pavilion
  2. Playground
  3. Restrooms

About Kids Planet

Dedicated on April 15, 2021, Benson Automotive Kids Planet carries on the City of Greer's commitment to providing recreational opportunities for all ages in a safe and pleasant setting.

The facility is located on the site of the original Kids Planet and Kids Planet Too playgrounds, which were funded and constructed by the Greer Community more than 20 years ago. The cutting-edge playgrounds with wood play structures and picnic shelters quickly became a favorite of families across the upstate.

As that original facility approached its end of life, the City of Greer launched plans for a new cutting edge playground for a new generation. The Parks and Recreation Department worked with Alta Cunningham Design to lay the groundwork for the new Kids Planet. That process included sessions with local elementary school students to collect their ideas about playground themes and play structures. A community workshop then opened the planning to all children and adults.

Greer businessman Jim Benson was a major donor to the project and the facility that now bears his name. 


Initial Construction


In 1998, a planning team of 25 community volunteers worked under the leadership of the architectural firm of Leathers and Associates of Ithaca, New York, to design and plan a fantastic playground. It took one year of raising funds, tweaking designs, amassing volunteers, buying lumber and securing tools to literally build the structure from the ground up. It was a moving sight when more than 3,000 volunteers from all walks of life came to build the playground in nine days in March of 1999.

The play structure was an immediate success as hundreds poured into it daily. But the planning team encountered another challenge within six months of the opening - designing and building a second play structure for younger children. With the help of community volunteers, these hands-on experts and the architectural firm of Learning Structures of Strafford, New Hampshire, they dreamed up every aspect of this unique playground.

The construction of the accessible playground provided a second project for the community, and again it answered the call. More than 700 volunteers built the playground in just five days in October of 2001. This playground continues to draw families from across the Upstate.

Community Benefit


Kids Planet benefits children by giving them a free, safe haven to run, jump, laugh and play heartily. It also is a place where all members of the community can come together to share smiles and laughter.

Kids Planet Playground Rules


  • Kids Planet is open from dawn to dusk. Greer Police will walk through at night to make sure the facility is vacant.
  • All children should be accompanied by an adult. Please supervise children as they play.
  • Equipment is designed for ages 2 to 12 years old. The safety rating of the equipment does not apply to children outside these ages.
  • All helmets, drawstrings or accessories must be removed prior to entering playground area.
  • No skates, bikes, hoverboards or scooters are allowed.
  • Warning: Play surfaces may become hot during warmer weather.
  • No pets are allowed inside Kids Planet at any time.
  • No glass is allowed on the playground.
  • Food or drink must be consumed outside the play areas.
  • Shoes are required.
  • Keep mulch in its place and off slides and decks.
  • Baseball cleats are not to be worn on the slides.
  • Please dispose of trash in proper receptacles.
  • There is no smoking inside the playground. Dispose of cigarette butts in trash receptacles.
Adults are responsible for setting a good example and for making sure all children obey these rules. Please leave Kids Planet cleaner than when you arrived.

Police Jurisdiction


Kids Planet is under Greer Police jurisdiction. If you see someone behaving in an unacceptable manner, do not hesitate to call Greer Police Dispatch at 911 (emergency) or 864-848-2151 (non-emergency, but action needed). Feedback on Kids Planet is always welcomed by the Greer Parks and Recreation Department at 864-848-2190.

Kids Planet Pavilion Rentals


Whether it is for a family gathering or a birthday party, a Kids Planet pavilion is the perfect location for your event. Pavilions may be rented for two-hour time periods between March and October for as little as $15 per small pavilion (with two tables to accommodate as many as 15 people) and $25 per large pavilion (with four wheelchair accessible tables to accommodate as many as 40 people).

Please note that Kids Planet is closed every Wednesday from 7:00am-12:00pm for maintenance. 

Reservations are not required from November through February, when pavilions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Making a Reservation


To reserve a pavilion at Kids Planet, please complete the Kids Planet Reservation Form and submit it to:

City of Greer Parks and Recreation Operations Center
446 Pennsylvania Avenue
Greer, SC 29650

Payment (cash, check, credit card, debit card, or money order) is required before any reservation request will be completed. All reservations/payments must be completed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., before your reservation is confirmed. (Office is closed on Holidays)

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