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New swing sets being installed at Comeford Park

 

February 28, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

The first of four swings that are being installed in downtown Marysville on Feb. 22.

City of Marysville crews are working at Comeford Park to put in swing sets to replace the old swings which were removed last summer.

"We're putting in a new swing set for the area that was removed," said Mike Robinson, parks maintenance manager for the city's Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.

The swing set equipment will be new.

"It's 10-feet tall and heavy duty," said Robinson. "So it's going to be a little bit taller than the previous swing set, which is something the kids should enjoy."

There will be four swings in total, including one adaptive swing which provides harnesses, and is similar to swings used at some of the city's other parks, said Robinson.

"Those are for children with special needs so they can enjoy the park swings as well," he said.

The city plans to finish installing the new swing sets by mid-March.

"We're finishing the structure right now and once that is put in place we will work to restore the site," he said, which will include putting in wood chips and some concrete to separate out the 1,800-square-foot area.

The new swing set equipment cost the city $4,300, which doesn't include "some ancillary costs for the play chips and the concrete," said Robinson.

The former swing sets at Comeford Park were removed last year when the city built a picnic area and barbecue pit located right next to the spray pad.

"We had always planned on replacing the swing set that had to be removed," said Robinson, who added that the city put some money from their 2018 budget toward the project.

"We got a lot of feedback from people who missed the swings," he said.

Swing sets are one of the most used pieces of play equipment at Marysville's parks, he said. "They are still popular to this day."

The new swing sets mark another new improvement for the downtown park which has seen a number of changes over the last few years.

"The spray park has been there four years now and has been popular with people," said Robinson.

"The new picnic area has also been a hit," said Robinson.

The barbecue pits and picnic tables have been a good place for parents to eat while children play at the spray park since they opened late last year, said Robinson.

Residents now also have the opportunity to reserve the barbecue pit area.

"Now we have an opportunity for people to rent that picnic area at the community center," said Robinson, "so people can enjoy the spray park for a birthday while having a rented space right next to it."

No other immediate improvements are on the way for the park.

"I think we've got a list of nice amenities at Comeford now," said Robinson. "We're are pretty happy with how the park is turning out."

 

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