POINT PLEASANT — September may mark the end of summer on the calendar but it’s just the beginning for the Krodel Park Playground.
Thanks to around $70,000 raised toward the grassroots project meant to upgrade the playground, residents will start seeing old equipment go down while new pieces emerge, hopefully by the end of this month.
Amber Tatterson, who is the Point Pleasant City Clerk and also on the Krodel Park Playground Committee, said the upcoming work isn’t the entire playground but a significant part known as phase one of the project. This will include the fencing and five pieces of playground equipment slated to go up over two community work days currently being scheduled in September. In addition, the ground cover will also be placed and 164 custom fence pickets will be placed around the playground. The pickets are a fundraiser which is ongoing as it will take 400 pickets to go completely around the playground.
The latest financial boost the committee received was a $2,600 grant from the Mason County Youth Grant Fund and a $5,000 grant from the Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Foundation Fund. These specific grants will be used to cover the cost of the engineered wood fiber ground covering for the upgraded playground. Engineered wood fiber forms a knitted layer that provides a surface that is “springy” enough to cushion falls, but firm enough for wheelchairs or other mobility devices.
Tatterson said there may be a couple of days in September where there is no equipment on the playground whatsoever as the old structures are dismantled to make way for the new equipment which will, again, hopefully be up in time for local families to enjoy before the weather turns colder.
The entire project is estimated to cost $160,000 with phase two including a zip line though that installation is in the future. For now, Tatterson said the committee wanted to get moving on the project to make the most of what has been raised so the community, which has played a big part in donating the money, can see and experience the results.
Fundraisers will continue and those wishing to buy those pickets, which can be inscribed as memorials, for businesses, families and more, can contact committee members on the playground’s Facebook page Playground For Krodel Park. The playground’s Facebook page also updates the community on the status of the project and other fundraisers.
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