Written by Katie Piacentini Friday, 13 August 2010 10:42
To the delight of children and families in Port Washington, older playground equipment at Blumenfeld Family Park was recently replaced with new playground equipment. This project was orchestrated by the Town of North Hempstead Parks and Recreation department.
Recreation Supervisor Paul Blake provided more information to Port News on this project. “The Town of North Hempstead has been upgrading playground equipment over the past several years,” Mr. Blake explained. “The rule of thumb is that it usually lasts for 12 years, and this piece that was replaced was 12 years old,” he said. Mr. Blake said that the piece that was just installed is for children ages 5-12, and that the pre-school playground equipment for children ages 2-5 was upgraded last year.
“The new playground equipment for children ages 5-12 requires more advanced motor skills and works upper body muscles,” Mr. Blake said, stating that playground equipment can be designed differently for various ages. He also described that the overall look of the playground equipment is selected to match the park. For example, Mr. Blake noted that the playground equipment of the Town of North Hempstead Beach Park has a nautical theme, due to its proximity to the beach and the water. “We want kids to use creativity and imagination, not just muscles,” he said.
Initially, some families were upset to see the old playground equipment removed, since it was the middle of the summer and a part of the park was off limits for about a week, as a result. “No one wants to upgrade equipment over the summer, but sometimes it is the only time they can get a contractor to do it,” Mr. Blake explained, stating that the town received insurances from the contractor at this time, who guaranteed the job could be done quickly and efficiently. The total cost of this project was around $95,000, he said, which included installation and safety resurfacing.