Wednesday June 11, 2003
For Immediate Release
For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin
Patrick H. Neely
Rusted metal, decades of heavy wear and tear, equipment that no longer met playground standards – that was the uninviting scene that greeted families at the Fern Creek Park playground earlier this spring. Now, thanks to $65,000 in government funds, the playground is now a fun, welcoming place for families to bring their children.
Councilman Robin Engel, R-District 22, held a re-opening Tuesday to give the community to celebrate the renovated playground and thank the Metro Parks Department.
“Over and over, families told me that renovating Fern Creek Park playground has been one of the top issues for this community because it affects so many people,” said Councilman Robin Engel, R-District 22. “One mother said that you needed a tetanus shot if you wanted your child to play on the old equipment.
“Our community deserves a safe, fun park. I am pleased that this new government – working together in partnership with Metro Parks – was able to turn this worn-down playground into such a wonderful place for District 22 families to play and picnic.”
The former playground equipment was almost 30 years old and was in poor shape. Tuesday’s re-opening featured the $65,000 renovation and restoration, which includes:
· A play structure for children ages 5-12 play structure; · Another one for ages 2 to 5, · Six swings for various ages; · A new, accessible pathway; * A large, rubber tile transition/play area with accessible play panels; * Three park benches; * A resurfaced parking lot and entrance road; and * New handicapped parking spaces and signs.
The equipment was purchased from Miracle Recreation Equipment Co., and the installer was Patton Construction. Environs, Inc. served as the consultant.
“Playgrounds are generally the focal point of our parks, drawing tremendous numbers of children throughout the year and meeting an important community-wide need for recreation facilities,” said Clay Campbell, interim director of Metro Parks. “We’re pleased that we’ve been able to replace six playgrounds over the past year, including the $65,000 playground project at Fern Creek Park.”
Engel complimented the Metro Parks Department’s efforts to turn this playground from an eyesore to an asset.
“The Parks Department has done a tremendous job making this park beautiful once again,” Engel said. “This is a great example of how the new government is more responsive to community needs and what we can accomplish by working together.”
Robin Engel (R) 22