Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
RAMPS, platforms, stairs, swings, monkey bars and the rest of the Children’s Park play structure will be removed starting next week, and the entire park at 9th and Eugene streets will be fenced and closed to make way for a new structure to be built in early June.
As of Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Hood River Children’s Park, scheduled for closure, will remain open a week longer than originally thought.
The park will be open through April 22, according to Mark Lago, City of Hood River Public Works director. Lago said the delay was because of the time needed to line up a fencing contractor.
The fence will go up on Monday, April 23, and removal of the Children’s Park play structure will begin April 24 or 25. The fencing will be reminiscent of the structure’s closure a year ago when the city first found that portions of the footings and other parts of the structure were rotten or in failing condition.
For about a month, the structure was closed while parts were removed. That led to the city’s decision to remove the playground, at a $460,000 cost that requires a community fundraising effort for $160,000.
This time, however, the entire park — playground, picnic area, restrooms, lawn and covered play shed — will all be closed for about two months as crews take down the old structure and prepare the ground for the new one. A community project kicks in the first week of June for installation of the new playground.
The new structure, designed by Play By Design, followed a community design-build process, and will be by and large ADA-accessible, with over 50 total play elements. The play area footprint will be increased by 3,000 square-feet over the original park.
The new structure will be installed in the first week of June, and 240 volunteers will be needed each day.
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For information about donating to the Children’s Park fund, contact Hood River Rotary Foundation via Jess Miller at email@example.com.
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