Plans for new playground in Warsaw approved

The design, pictured above, is what All Recreation plans to build in the Warsaw Town Park.

The decision as to playground designs has been made.

On June 10, Town Manager John Slusser announced that All Recreation (AR), a Virginia-based firm, will build a facility in the Warsaw Town Park at a total cost of approximately $65,000.

AR had previously provided equipment pieces for the playground at Cobham Park Baptist Church in Warsaw.

Patricia Pugh, executive director of the Warsaw-Richmond County Main Street Program (WRC-MSP), confirmed in a previous interview on May 29 that individuals involved in the project, herself included, visited the playground at the church to test the equipment for safety issues.

“We all walked on it and shook it,” she said, adding that Slusser even went down the slides and climbed the monkey bars to ensure that the equipment would hold.

The efforts in securing the deal with AR were the result of a partnership between the town and four local organizations that sought to fulfill the local demand for a public playground.

Alongside the role of WRC-MSP in the decision-making process, the Richmond County YMCA, Warsaw Rotary Club and Warsaw Richmond County Chamber of Commerce have each pledged their support to the ongoing project.

As of Thursday, June 6, Rotary Club Member and Planning Commissioner Roger Lee said that the selection process had been narrowed down to a choice between AR and Miracle Recreation (MR).

Lee said AR had been chosen over MR due to offering more equipment pieces for children to play on at a lesser cost. 2 to 5 age and 5-12

The playground will consist of two sets of equipment, one for children ages 2 to 5 and the other for children ages 5 to 12, on a 65-by-80-foot base.

There will be a total of 41 activities for children to engage in, including a seesaw, slides, rock-climbing walls and a swing set with two regular swings, one infant seat and one swing that can either be used for infants or children with special needs.

In addition to playing equipment, the total cost also accounted for trash cans that will be included at the playground.

Pugh said she aims to hold a community day that will bring volunteers and children to the playground so they can participate in the completion of the project by spreading the mulch throughout the base.

She added that the community day may be held in conjunction with the playground’s grand opening.

Lee projected that the construction would be completed in late July.

As of June 10, WRC MSP has received individual contributions in the amount of approximately $1,500.

For more information or to make a donation, call 804-333-4190 or email wrcmsp@gmail.com.

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:35 am