"You'll notice there isn't a soda machine in the play area," Jeffrey said.
Jeffrey has noticed that children are starting to become overweight when they are 3 to 4 years old. The new indoor playground will focus on keeping this age group fit by giving them a place to let off some steam while at the mall, she said.
Bird said the design team made up of individuals from CAMC and the mall worked on the project for about eight months. He would not say how much the new playground cost.
"We just consider it an investment in our community," he said.
The equipment is being prefabricated by Playtime, a company from Englewood, Colo, and will arrive at the mall about Dec. 10, Bird said. It will take mall personnel about a week to set up the equipment.
The play area will be within a wall about 3 feet high. It will include seating for adults so they can supervise their children.
Children will enter the play area through a gate flanked by giant carrots. They will be able to slide down an 8-foot broccoli bunch that is also a tunnel and a climber. They will be able to climb on grapes, a strawberry, cherries and a tomato stack, or make their way through an asparagus tunnel.
CAMC also is sponsoring the new family restroom to open in the coming weeks on the third floor of the mall.
The facility will feature a curtained area for nursing mothers, toddler-sized toilets and a microwave for heating baby bottles.
It should be open by early November, mall marketing director Lisa McCracken said.