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When the ribbon was cut on May 16 to open the new library there were still a few things missing in the park. The most obvious indication was the fact that there were signs warning people to stay off the then almost non-existent grass. More subtle was the missing fountain which will eventually highlight the entrance to the library. And lastly, there’s no children’s play area as there used to be.
The grass will grow in, albeit slowly and the play area is also coming. The fountain’s plumbing is complete and was done before the planting started, according to the City Engineer, Doug Benash. It should be installed and functional by the end of July or in early August.
The playground was a bit more complex. There were not enough funds to build the play area and the library bond issue monies were not meant for such an endeavor. Supervisor Mike Antonovich came to the city’s rescue with a $350,000 grant to provide for the installation of a rubberized play surface, fencing, paving and new play equipment. The funds are coming from the county’s Wilderness and Recreation monies.
The equipment, the major pieces of which are pictured here, will be installed in early summer. The whole area, with the exception of a small part of the younger children’s area will be covered in a safety conscious rubberized material. This material is made from recycled plastics and is designed to cut down on injuries to youngsters.
All these final additions will be complete later in the summer. Look for another celebration at that time. In the meantime, the summer concert series will continue in Recreation Park for one last summer.
By Susan Motander