The city of Grass Valley approved a motion at the Tuesday’s council meeting regarding the building of new playground equipment at Condon Park.
The project will involve the rehabilitation of the play equipment and the surrounding area of Condon Park, according to a staff report by Public Works Director and City Engineer Timothy Kiser.
The report stated the playground would be removed and replaced with a new primary play structure and a small climbing structure. The entire playground will also be surrounded with a new concrete border and fencing, as well as an addition of wood-fiber safety surfacing. This will provide additional security to parents of younger children.
The existing play structure at Condon Park was determined to be out of compliance with many of the current codes and regulations, according to Zachary Lake, Grass Valley’s associate civil engineer.
The city has budgeted $20,000 per year for the past three years to provide playground improvements. The $60,000 that is currently available will be used to remove the existing structure, according to Lake.
The new structure is ADA-compliant and complies with the current ASTM standards relating to playgrounds. The new equipment is designed for children from 5-12 years old.
“Given that Condon Park is a large regional park that serves Grass Valley and many other residents within Nevada County, I think a significant number of people are expected to benefit from the proposed improvements,” said Lake.
Construction for the new Condon Park playground is anticipated to be completed this fall.
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