Just in time for the summer, Jones Park in Dartmouth has officially opened an accessible new playground.

The former playground was 26 years old and not handicapped-accessible. As you can imagine, it was in need of some updating.

"The new playground, which was funded in part through the Community Preservation Act and town capital request, began construction last fall," Dartmouth Parks and Recreation Director Tim Lancaster said.

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While you will need a parking pass to park your car, you do not need to be a town resident or have a permit to use the playground. You can find more information on day passes or getting resident stickers on the town website.

The cost for a one-day parking pass is $10.

We all love a good before-and-after. Here is what the old playground looked like:

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Nice, but a pretty standard playground, right?

I'd say Dartmouth children got a nice upgrade. Take a look:

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With plenty of picnic tables, not only is this spot great for playing but also for a picnic outing on one of the many beautiful summer days ahead of us on the SouthCoast.

Jones Park, 66 St. John St., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round to the general public.

According to Lancaster, the new playground will be open daily throughout the summer. So why not add this park to your list of things to do with the kids this summer?

For $10, you can't go wrong. Just make sure you apply your sunscreen.

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