City begins Swinyard Park improvements

Staff Writer

The city of Deer Park's maintenance crew hopes to have the new playground equipment at Swinyard Park ready for use by this weekend.
City officials set aside $25,000 this year to make improvements to Swinyard Park by either replacing many of aging, and in some cases, unsafe playground equipment or installing a security fence around its perimeter. Aided by citizen input, mostly by parents whose children use the park, the council opted for the playground equipment option.
The parents’ involvement did not stop with their input on what improvements needed to be made at the park. A group of them, armed with playground equipment catalogs furnished by the city, offered suggestions on how best to spend the money.
Maintenance Supervisor Brian Ramsden said the parents' ideas were invaluable since they had a better understanding on playground equipment children would like.
Ramsden began ordering the equipment in April and in the subsequent months, the city's maintenance crew started assembling the equipment in the maintenance shop as it arrived.
In recent weeks, the crew's attention was turned to the park as it prepared the site for such items as a climber and slide for younger children and an "Appalachian Climber" for older youngsters. Two benches will also be installed for parents.
It is hoped that all the playground equipment will be in place in time for this weekend's Settler celebration.
The park's construction effort received a boost from Toner's Sand and Gravel in Elk, which provided the cement at no charge for playground equipment curbing. The city's only outlay was for Toner's labor costs, which were offset by a $5,000 donation by the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce.