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Costs delay installation of playground equipment

Perhaps you've seen one in your mailbox, a plain black and white anonymous flier claiming the city of Sunnyside purchased playground equipment nearly three years ago and has warehoused it ever since.

Public Works Supervisor Shane Fisher has seen the fliers and says while the city had indeed purchased playground equipment, installation is no simple matter.

He figures it costs upwards of $20,000 to install a new set of playground equipment in a park. Fisher says that's because the play area needs to be resurfaced as a safety precaution, new timbers have to be put in place to border the play area and concrete footings have to be poured.

On top of that, he says the city's financial pinch have resulted in slowdowns in other park improvements, such as automating the watering system at Sunnyview Park. That was originally planned to have an $8,000 upgrade and that amount has been cut in half, Fisher says.

As for the flier's call to give money to Fisher to contribute to the playground installation, he says he knows nothing about that.

There is actually precedent for citizens getting involved to spruce up city parks, as about two years ago a group of volunteers used city-issued paint to give new life to a worn-out gazebo at Upland Park.

Sunnyside City Hall can be reached at 837-3782 for those would like more information about installation of playground equipment in city parks.

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