POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant City Council was recently updated on volunteer efforts to upgrade the playground at Krodel Park.
Speaking on behalf of volunteers were Leigh Ann and Gilbert Shepard. Gilbert told council members the project, which is being done strictly through fund raising and hopefully grants, was around $50,000 over budget. To fix this issue, the volunteer group looked at scaling back the project with the first company they chose but didn’t end up with the facility they had hoped for.
The group of volunteers then looked to another company and presented their original design and with some modifications were able to get the proposed playground back within the original vision and budget - the latter of which was $125-150,000. Gilbert said basically the project was sitting at around $150,000 - this price includes fencing.
Gilbert also said this new company had a more “robust” supervision plan to help volunteers assemble the playground and liability insurance. In addition, the company will provide more help with pre-fabricated pieces of the playground which will translate into needing less volunteers. It should take around five to seven days to assemble. The company will also provide a once a year maintenance check and inspection of equipment.
The time line for this playground to come into existence is dependant on financing. Leigh Ann said grants are being applied for and the group of volunteers is exploring selling naming rights. In addition, possible fund raisers may include purchasing plaques with a child’s hand print for the area and engravings for the fence.