The spider-shaped play structure, center, will be spruced up.

A new cutting-edge natural play area that will retain a touch of the old is in the works as part of major upgrades planned for Cunningham Park this spring.

The park, which has been a private haven open to all Milton residents since 1904, will see construction of a “play garden” based on nature themes to replace the current tot lot for children aged 2 to 6,” Cunningham Park Manager David Wahlgren said of the area that is situated below the tennis courts.

Wahlgren said the park will continue its work on a major upgrade to its popular swimming pool known as Caldwell Pond.

The work will be completed now so that there will be no disruption to the busy summer schedule of children and youth activities planned for the site.

The Conservation Commission also approved on April 9 work to correct an existing stormwater and erosion issue that in recent years has forced the closure of the pool when a stream of mulch and debris ran into it during intense storms.

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