By Merrick Eagleton
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Couch Park will be getting a new look with the replacement of playground equipment this summer.
Stillwater Parks and Recreation Department recently put in the first order for equipment which is expected to arrive the week of July 4th. Parks and Recreation Operations Manager Jim Scott said the holiday may push the projected time of completion back some.
“We hope we have it installed and ready by the end of July,” Scott said.
New swings, slides and rock climbers among other things will be installed. Each area will be geared toward a specific age group. There will be an area for children between the ages of 2 and 5 and another area for 5 to 12 year olds.
The equipment at the park now is designed only for children from ages 5 to 12 and was installed in 1995. The typical life span for playground equipment is 10 years and Couch Park has exceeded this. After this extended period of time, the equipment may require extensive repairs and replacement of parts more often.
“It’s old,” Scott said. “Each different set of playgrounds has a different life expectancy."
The original budget for upgrades was set at $100,000. The bid for new playground equipment came in at $115,259.36. The additional funding will be covered by the park donations account. Playcore Wisconsin Inc. will be handling the renovations.
Maintenance will also be done on the south wooden walking bridge at Boomer Lake. Crews will be replacing the decking beginning Monday. The bridge will be closed until 3 p.m. each day until the work is complete. All pedestrians are asked to detour to the west, parallel to the road until they are able to pick the trail back up again.
There are no other upgrades planned for Couch Park at this time. Next year’s budget allows for some repairs to be made to the tennis courts.