Friends of Hargan-Matthews have met the $200,000 fundraising goal for improvements to the downtown riverfront park, but they continue to make one last fundraising push before construction begins later this year.

Organizers with Friends of Hargan-Matthews asked the Jefferson County Commissioners during a meeting Thursday afternoon if the county would contribute any funding to the project. 

Although the fundraising goal has been met, organizers hope to add a few items to the all-inclusive playground plan and want to make sure they have enough money with the increase of prices during the past couple of years.

Organizers said the park’s current playground equipment will be replaced with riverboat-themed playground equipment accessible to children of all abilities.

The park plan includes a play structure for ages 5-12, a soft surface, fence, swings, trees and landscaping items, including permanent picnic tables, trash and recycling containers. 

The plan also includes a wheelchair-accessible swing and a “guardian and me” swing which features a seat for an adult and child.

Organizers hope to be able to find a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round to add to the playground equipment.

While there is no firm construction date yet, organizers hope to complete the majority of the park improvements this year. 

An art wall will be a second phase of the project.

Commissioners took the information under advisement following the presentation.