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New Playground at City Park is Coming This Fall

Another grassroots push to help improve the quality of life in Eads is about to come to fruition as the City Park in Eads, located at the intersection of 14th Street and Maine, is about to install a brand new set of playground equipment.
New playground equipment for Eads City Park
It has been nearly four years ago that a small group of interested citizens began to talk about raising money to improve the playground facilities at the city park.  The current playground system had been installed in 1986, more than 30 years ago.  The money for that playground came from the Memorial of Art Blooding who passed away in 1985.  The Blooding Family along with the Kiowa County Central Recreation District and the Town of Eads funded the original park. 

But more than 30 years later, the wooden structure of the slide system was getting brittle and the cement around the main structure was out of regulation.  This first group did raise some money through donations and a bake sale at the Maine Street Bash a couple of years ago that netted upwards of $500.  However, that was far from the current $30,000 to $36,000 that a new playground system costs. 

As summer came around this year, City Clerk Robin Fox, who had been one of the original people interested in improving the city park playground, noticed that Sterling West, a major playground distributor, was having a half off sale on some of their playground equipment.  Fox had found a $32,000 system that was on sale for $16,000 including shipping and handling.  The Eads City Council voted to purchase the system at their last meeting as it had already been included as a budget priority.

The system is purple and gold, has four slides including two straight slides and two slides with waves.  It also has monkey bars and a walking bridge system.  The playground is rated for kids ages 2-13, a fact that was important to the city council so that as many kids as possible could be included.  When installed, the system will replace the old wooden climbing and slide structure.  The cement around the old playground will be removed, and new sand will be brought into the area to accommodate the new playground.  Cement container walls are no longer regulation, but according to city engineer Van Brown some sort of flush barrier will be installed.  The new playground will also be ADA accessible.
According to Fox, the current swings, bouncy horse and tire swing will all stay in place.  These items are located on the east end of the park. 

The Town of Eads is advertising for bids to remove the current playground system.  Bids should be sealed and submitted to the Eads City Hall located at 110 W 13th Street or by mail at PO Box 8, Eads, Colorado  81036.  Bids will be received up to Tuesday, September 11 at 5:00 pm.  The city council will then meet on that date and the winning bid will be chosen.  Removal must occur between September 15 and October 1, 2018.  The new playground system is scheduled to arrive in early October.  The city crew will install the new system after the old system is removed.

If you have any questions about the new playground or the removal of the old system, please contact the Town of Eads offices at 719-438-5590.
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