Memorial Park to lose accessible playground

The city is removing the handicapped accessible playground at Memorial Park today.

The dismantling of the iron, plastic and broken pieces is going to be done by city streets and parks department employees, according to Mayor Gabriel J. Campana’s office.

Campana ordered the removal of the playground parts as head over the city park system.

The metal portions are going to be taken to a local recycling center, while the rubber floor mat — one of the problems with the park because of its poor condition — also will be headed to a recycler.

The city has applied for a $250,000 state Commonwealth Financing Administration grant to have the park replaced in 2020 with a new accessible playground.

Campana said he had wanted to put the park in use temporarily but that was scuttled when City Council advised that could not be done with taxpayer dollars.

Next to the playground is a two backboard basketball court and pickleball court.

The park also is host to Splash Cove, the aquatic water park and swimming pool operated by the city recreation department.

The facilities are close to Bowman Field, which has undergone several million dollars in upgrades, including those planned for the fall, such as a video scoreboard, expanded press box and improvements to the visitor lockerrooms and umpire changing rooms.

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