State budget has money for new Lake Boren playground
May 7, 2010
By Tim Pfarr
The state capital budget, approved last month, includes $325,000 for the replacement of the Lake Boren Park playground.
City officials have not yet developed a detailed timeline for when the new playground equipment will be installed, but city officials said they hope to have it on the ground this year.
State Sen. Randy Gordon, who represents Newcastle, brought the item forward in Olympia after receiving a wish list of capital projects from the city earlier this year.
“Of course, it’s always one of the greatest pleasures for any public servant to try to meet the needs of the local community,” Gordon said.
He said the playground was particularly rewarding for which to obtain funds.
“It really is a gift that keeps on giving for generations,” he said about the new playground. “It’s really a good example of the state delivering for our local community.”
Mayor John Dulcich said the state funds are wonderful, and he is glad that children do not have to feel the effects of financial hardships.
“Where things are financially, the kids don’t have to suffer,” Dulcich said. “It’s important for kids to have fun.”
The next phase of the project is determining what features will be included in the new play structure, and members of the City Council said they wanted to be sure to include a thorough public process in the structure’s design.
In March, city staff members began looking at potential design features, which included dividing the playground into two sections: one for kids between ages 2 and 5, and one between ages 5 and 12.
Park user Sara Klassen, who frequents the park with her two children, 3 and less than a year old, respectively, said the option of having a split playground sounded appealing.
“They’ll each have a place to play,” she said.