The posthaste playground project


By Amanda Tonoli

atonoli@vindy.com

AUSTINTOWN

A playground construction project started Tuesday will be finished within days, said township Park Supervisor Todd Shaffer.

“They’re [David Williams & Associates] fast,” he said. “They told me this morning it’ll be up and running this weekend.”

Workers tore out the former playground, more than 20 years old, and are in the process of completing the new one by waiting for the concrete to dry.

Once the concrete dries, workers will be able to lay out the mulch and compress it.

Shaffer said he was happy to get rid of the former pea gravel which children would often pick up and throw at each other or put in the splash-pad drains.

“This is just harder to pick up because it’s compressed together,” he said.

Other changes to the playground include a separate jungle gym for young children specifically and two swings designed for adults and young children to swing together.

The playground, a $68,000 project, is funded by the Westchester Fund. The fund is derived from rent paid in the Westchester building, a building donated to the township by Walt and Rhea Terlecky.

The park has been the place for many projects over the past 10 years, including the dog-park project in 2008, the splash-pad project in 2013, the tennis-court addition earlier this year, the playground upgrade, and the upcoming addition of a pickle-ball court.

Of the two tennis-court additions, one tennis court will be split into two pickle-ball courts. Pickle ball is a sport that combines techniques from badminton, table tennis and tennis into one game.

Trustee Jim Davis said he was happy to see the park gaining two great assets benefiting the youth and senior communities.

The pickle-ball court project also comes out of the Westchester fund and costs $5,000.

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