POINT PLEASANT — This week, new playground equipment for Krodel Park arrived and community work days have been organized to help with construction.
Under the supervision of a skilled professional, volunteers will be installing the first phase of equipment on the playground on Monday and Tuesday. The special ground cover will be installed on Friday. It’s made of engineered wood fiber which will form a knitted layer that provides a surface that is “springy” enough to cushion falls, but firm enough for wheelchairs or other mobility devices.
It’s hoped the newly revamped playground will be available for use the morning of the Dragon Boat Festival next Saturday, Sept. 26.
Volunteers are already planning another community build day in October for the entryway and personalized fence pickets which are still available for purchase as a fundraiser for the playground. Earlier this month there were 164 custom fence pickets to be placed around the playground. It will take 400 pickets to go completely around the playground and can be inscribed as memorials, for businesses, families and more.
Around $70,000 has been raised so far towards an entire project estimated to cost around $160,000. What residents will see go up in the next week are the fencing, pickets and five significant pieces of playground equipment for phase one. The entire project is estimated to cost $160,000 with phase two including a zip line though that installation is in the future.
The entire playground project was undertaken by volunteers in the community with the backing of the City of Point Pleasant. In the last year, significant private donations from businesses and individuals, along with grants from the Mason County Community Foundation and Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Foundation Fund have helped push the project forward.
Rather than waiting until the entire $160,000 is raised before installing one piece, the volunteers behind the playground improvement felt there was enough funding to install a significant portion of the playground now, allowing local children a chance to utilize it before the weather turns colder. It also shows progress and results from a grassroots movement that has had significant support from the local community.
For more information on the playground, purchasing pickets or how to get involved, 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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