Village of Flat Rock, NC

Bryan Playground opens at The Park at Flat Rock (June 30, 2016)


Flat Rock, North Carolina, June 30, 2016—The Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the official dedication of the Bryan Playground for children inside The Park at Flat Rock. The dedication event will be held Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11 am at the park. The event is free and open to the public. Popcorn, Sno Cones, and refreshments will be served.

The Bryan Playground at The Park at Flat Rock is the first public playground in Flat Rock and will be built in phases. Features include tree houses, bridges, slides and cargo nets, and a climbing wall, incorporating natural materials and an innovative design to help foster children’s overall health and creative play. The playground accommodates those with disabilities as well. “Through my work at Camp Pinnacle I became aware of the Beanstalk curriculum and adventure playground designs. The Village Council saw that the design and educational components developed by this company not only offer a unique play environment but also use activities that focus on the prevention of childhood obesity,” states John Dockendorf, Village Council member.

The playground is made possible, in part, by a generous donation from Kendall Gibson Bryan and Eleanor deSaussure Bryan honoring their children: Josephine deSaussure Bryan, Kendall Gibson Bryan, Jr., Eleanor Charlton Bryan Mathews, and Sarah Huger Bryan Holyer. “When my parents and grandparents both visited Flat Rock and lived here, coming from the Charleston area, they began a tradition that now continues with our grandchildren making happy memories here," says Eleanor Bryan. "We seized the opportunity to give back to the place that has brought our family such joy when we saw the wonderful plans for the Park. What a great place it is!” 

The Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by the Village of Flat Rock, North Carolina to help raise the funds required to fulfill the vision of a signature municipal park for the community. That vision includes opportunities for recreation, health, and education for all generations while preserving the natural beauty that draws visitors from far and wide to Western North Carolina.

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If you would like more information about the Bryan Playground, please contact Maurean Adams at 828.697.8100 or email at