BY TOM BUSSELBERG
BOUNTIFUL – The worn out playground in Bountiful’s 4th North park needs to be replaced.
That’s after nearly 20 years of slipping and sliding by thousands of children.
The shelter by the playground is also biting the dust. It will be replaced with one that’s larger and more fully equipped.
All this is expected to happen by next summer, allowing kids to play and families to get shade while picnicking at the shelter.
Tuesday night, the Bountiful City Council was due to consider approving purchase of the new playground equipment, along with some other upgrades to sidewalks and the like.
A $113,530 bid for the new playground equipment will be considered from Playspace Design. A bid for what’s called a Poligon Park Shelter will also be considered from Playspace Design for $21,400.
City council members surveyed playground equipment, landscaping and more when in St. George last year during annual Utah League of Cities and Towns meetings. City Parks Director Jerry Wilson also visited the project, which is part of St. George’s Main Street Plaza area.
Assuming council approval, work at 4th North Park would start immediately, weather permitting. That’s on both the playground and shelter, Wilson said.
The new playground will include the latest safety features along with shiny new play equipment, he said.
New sidewalks, edging are planned to beautify and rejuvenate the area, as well.
Kids should be romping around in the new playground by next summer.
The new shelter will be a bit larger, and include electric power, a sink station and wash station. It’s due to be ready for use next summer, as well.
“We’re putting in the new shelter to help Handcart Days folks by providing plumbing. They’ll have a sink station. It’ll be right out there where they store their trailer that they hook up,” Wilson said.
The Bountiful Breakfast Exchange Club is among groups that will benefit. A staple part of Handcart Days, it provides a stomach-filling breakfast that’s popular with many folks each year.
The park’s large bowery will stay in place.
That’s where the Exchange Club prepares its breakfast. But the new shelter could help with overflow crowds, said Leon Thurgood, the club’s immediate past president.
The First Southern Baptist Church of Bountiful will benefit even more. Each year the congregation serves up a meal, thanking firefighters, police and emergency personnel for what they do in the community.
“It looks like some really nice equipment, will accommodate more children. It will be safe, just be an excellent addition to the park,” Mayor Joe Johnson said of the proposal.
“We want to be able to provide more places for families to have dinners, barbecues. That playground and shelter have needed to be upgraded for that,” he added.
The council’s agenda also included a bid for a second phase that, if approved, would be completed next year.
It would provide additional playground improvements. That phase should be done by the fall of 2014. Wilson said.