Community Reacts: Kids Kove Playground Demolition

“Park’s been involved in my kids’ lives all along. Down there is the tile where their names are,” Traverse City Resident Tom Mang said.

Orange fence blocks off Kids Kove, which is now scheduled for demolition.

“It was a great place. It was safe, it was friendly. You know, this is the place where people always wanted to go even if it was farther away from home than other parks. This is the cool place.”

Even out of towners made Kids Kove a destination.

“I’m 24 years old, and I started playing here when I was around five,” Noah’s Ark Daycare Employee Adam Salyer said.

“My mom would pack me and my cousins up in the car, and we’d come up here and play for a couple of hours. We’re from Beulah, so it was quite the trek. But she’d bring us every once in a while out here to play, it was a lot of fun and a lot of good memories.”

Adam Salyer knows how much kids still love the playground because he works at a daycare. He hopes Kids Kove will be replaced.

“It’ll be kind of sad to see, but you know, it’d be kind of cool to see the dozers come out and show the kids how they — we’ll make it into a learning experience.”

The Kids Kove Friends Committee has been fighting to keep the playground and hopes the battle is not over.

“We would love for there to be a continuing fight. We would love for all the people who’ve outspoken today, and we know there’s hundreds of you. There’s nothing in this playground that isn’t personal. There’s just a lot of people who don’t know the stories because they just play here so absolutely everything here has a story.”

And that’s the same reason Tom’s taking pictures of the playground.

“Just memories for my kids before the bulldozers come,” Mang said.