A playground revival for a Shaftsbury park
SHAFTSBURY — The Select Board has purchased playground equipment for Howard Park in an effort to revive an old playground.
The equipment — a climbing playscape and a swingset — is on order, said Tim Scoggins, chairman of the Select Board. The equipment will be installed near the athletic fields.
"So when families are there watching the kids play ball, the smaller kids have a place to play," he said.
Howard Park is a public recreational facility that is open daily to visitors for tennis, baseball, soccer, nature hikes and other outdoor activities.
There was a playground at the site a few years ago, but the equipment had deteriorated, so it had to be removed for safety reasons, Scoggins said.
The new equipment cost about $30,000, including shipping, he said.
"That was a big part of the deal finding a place that would ship it less than the cost of the equipment," Scoggins said. "Sometimes the shipping cost can be really large."
The town paid for the equipment out of park reserve funds, he said.
The idea to purchase equipment emerged from the town's recreation committee. The committee and Town Administrator David Kiernan had been looking into the possibility of replacing the equipment for a while, and then they finally found something affordable, Scoggins said.
The Select Board made the decision to purchase the equipment at its May 20 meeting. The purchase includes installation of the equipment, which Scoggins said he expects would be done shortly after delivery.
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