State budget has money for new Lake Boren playground

May 7, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

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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.

The 15-year-old Lake Boren Park playground will be replaced this year using $325,000 from the state’s capital budget. By Tim Pfarr

“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.

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5 Responses to “State budget has money for new Lake Boren playground”

  1. Linda C. on May 12th, 2010 1:21 pm

    $325,000 for playground equipment? You have got to be kidding! Maybe they could use some of those funds to build a fenced area and extend the park improvements to include an off-leash dog area instead of having the police dole out $250 fines to dog owners that want to romp and play with their dogs.

  2. kim on May 12th, 2010 7:36 pm

    I can’t agree more with Linda, above. I have no kids by choice, yet I pay taxes for schools and parks and have no place to take my dog to enjoy off-leash time, save for a smelly, tiny dog corral off 148th that I have to drive to get to.

  3. Lisa on May 12th, 2010 7:53 pm

    The needs of the local community is only being half meet. For children 2-12, and
    their parents. WHAT ABOUT THE REST!

  4. Jim Perdue on May 15th, 2010 2:49 pm

    Everybody complains about taxes, but oh, such excitement for $325,000.00 for playground equipment in Boren park. What about schools, what about healthy children, what about healthy seniors? If half the cities in this state are as lucky as Newcastle, how much money is that? Do you think the money comes from outer space? That is money not spent on, dare I say, more important social issues! The city should refuse to accept that money for that purpose and find a better use for the grant! And if it is use it or lose it, donate it to the general fund.

  5. Lisa on May 15th, 2010 9:33 pm

    Another new park for Lake Boren, I believe this is the third one. How did the City come to the agreement to use 335,000 from the state for a New Park again?
    I would think the money could be put to better use.

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