The playground equipment at Sanburnol Park in Spring Lake Park will get a face lift this summer.
The Spring Lake Park City Council in a 3-0 vote approved the replacement of the equipment decks for $5,344 at its regular meeting June 3.
The rubber casing on the equipment rungs and its platforms are starting to wear away in places to the metal, according to Marian Rygwall, SLP’s parks and recreation director.
“It’s for the safety of the children,” Rygwall said. “We want to make everything as safe as possible for the children to play on.”
The play equipment was installed in 1995.
Kids on the softball teams play on the climbing structure before and after games along with their siblings. Four- and five-year-olds also play T-ball in the area and use the climbing equipment.
Rygwall said that wet metal can make for slippery play equipment. Plus, rain on exposed metal can rust, she said.
The city’s public works department will install the equipment, which will be purchased from Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground of Golden Valley. The funds would come from the city’s cash reserves.
The park playground equipment is inspected monthly by a certified inspector, Rygwall said.
Sanburnol Park is at Sanburnol Drive and Terrace Road in Spring Lake Park.
“It’s a well-used park, especially for the young children,” Rygwall said.
Equipment replacement will begin in about a month.
“It’s safe to play on now, but we just want to stay ahead of it,” Rygwall said. “If we see a problem, we want to handle it now.”
Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]