Wednesday April 28, 2004
Mayor Jerry Abramson today dedicated $100,000 worth of playground equipment at Vettiner Park, which now has one of the largest playgrounds in the parks system.
“Parks are where people, particularly families, come together,” Abramson said. “And, often, the central gathering place is the playground.”
The new playground system at the 283-acre park in eastern Jefferson County replaces a smaller playground built in 1987. Abramson said the new playground will have three distinctive features, in addition to the normal playground equipment:
· Three rock-climbing panels
· Interactive play panels
· Distinctive high rooftops An accessible pathway connection will be built soon, Abramson said.
Additional improvements in the future will include better parking and a swing set. Abramson said that taxpayers spent just $60,000 to get a $100,000 playground because Metro Parks got the equipment from Miracle Recreation, a company that had used the new equipment as a display model at a national conference last fall. The equipment alone would have cost nearly $80,000, and with the cost of installation, the project normally would have cost about $100,000.
“There’s no better investment that we could make in our parks than playgrounds,” Abramson said. “Playgrounds draw large numbers of visitors and families. The bigger playground in Vettiner will draw new users to this park and will better serve the new neighborhoods and continued growth of this area.”
In addition, Abramson said work is continuing at the park on a new, $65,000 championship-caliber disc golf course. When completed this fall, the course will be the third in the Metro Parks System. The other two are located at Iroquois and Otter Creek parks. The new course – across Vettiner’s rolling hills – will be challenging enough to serve as a host for national tournaments, Abramson said.