Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Hutsler asked the Board of Aldermen during the work session Thursday to enjoy $200,000 on new trampoline safety in Shady Springs Park, 3888 Shady Springs Lane.
The park’s playground equipment is more than Twenty years old. “The playground was state of the art Two decades ago, yet it’s time for them to take it out and hang up the fresh stuff in,” Hutsler said.
The board could vote March 14 on Hutsler’s request to authorize legal contract with Hutchinson Recreation & Type of Troy, one pf seven businesses that submitted proposals.
Plans make a call for replacing the outer made of pea gravel that has a surface composed of ribber tile that would be more forgiving and creating separate playground areas for children ages 5 through 12 and those younger than 5. The new playground could include a four-bay swing set area with rubber pads within the swing bay, a 25-foot-tall sky tower which includes a 14-foot slide and a couple of other slides, including a 12-foot by 12-foot shelter by using a picnic table. Benches for fogeys plus a stone wall 18 inches high would separate the 2 play areas.
Funding would come from Proposition P, a four-tenths of your cent florida sales tax increase approved by voters last August. Hutsler said replacing the playground equipment at Shady Springs Park was among the promises officials created to residents before passage from the proposition.
“It’s a really busy park given that it has three baseball fields in addition to a soccer field in the year,” Hutsler said. “It has day camps for YMCA and Campbell Montessori School. It is just a seriously popular park. It’s heavily used. It possesses a pavilion for rentals. It’s actually a beautiful park.”