Contract approved for playgrounds

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The aging playground equipment in the Northwest Greenbelt area has been removed and crews are preparing to construct two age-appropriate sets of state-of-the-art playgrounds.

Tito Suarez brought his two children to look at the site where the new playgrounds are being built near the corner of South Tejon Street and West Vassar Avenue.

“My boys played on the old playground and it wasn’t very good,” the area resident said. “I am glad they are building us a new playground. My boys are really looking forward on them.”

The motion approving the contract for the project was approved at the Aug. 5 city council meeting.

Dave Lee, Englewood manager of open space, presented the proposal to the council.  He said the project is one that has been on the drawing board for several years but, until now, there haven’t been the funds to build two age-appropriate playgrounds.

Now the project that will cost about $228,000 will be built thanks, in part, to the Arapahoe County Open Space grant of $156,600. The city will provide the remaining $113,700 needed for the project from Englewood’s share of the county open space taxes.

“The project will replace equipment that is about 20 years old and doesn’t meet current American with Disabilities Act and safety requirements,” Lee told the city council at the Aug. 5 meeting. “The project will build one set of playground equipment designed for 2- to 5-year-olds and one set of playground equipment designed for 5- to 12-year-olds.”

Mayor Randy Penn said the age-appropriate playgrounds are the trend. Lee agreed and said the first project of its kind was put in Belleview Park. But, he said, the fall areas were wood chips instead of the rubber material being used on the Northwest Greenbelt project.

“The new equipment is being installed on the middle section of the  greenbelt, which is closest to the homes on Vassar Avenue,” Lee said. “The people in the neighborhood are excited and looking forward to the end of October when the project is scheduled to be completed.”