Perryville’s new playground is a hit
To be formally dedicated Saturday
— Perfect spring weather brought happiness to the Community Park this week in the form of zip lines, swings, teeter-totters and laughter.
Perryville officials will formally dedicate the new $212,000 equipment Saturday in a 2 p.m. ceremony, but the collection of things that go bump, bounce and
“weeeeee” were installed in October, according to Amanda Hickman, economic development coordinator.
Public works employees deconstructed the old equipment to save on the cost of the project, she added.
Perryville decided that the 18-year-old equipment needed replacing, although Commissioner Barbara Brown said it had been declining for several years.
“It was so old and so dilapidated. It did not meet today’s safety standards,” Brown said Thursday. “Every time something broke, it had to be taken down and thrown away.”
She said it had reached the age that replacement parts were no longer available.
Brown said she tried to win grants for the project several times through the Maryland Project Open Space program.
“There were a lot of projects at the time, and the state chose not to fund it,” she said.
Using funds from its reserves, the town ultimately paid for the equipment, which Brown said was picked
by Harvey Cage, public works supervisor.
“Harvey did a good job,” she said. “I’m tickled they got the new playground. The zip line is the most important thing there.”
From the traffic patterns at the playground Wednesday afternoon, the public agrees.
“I think the zip line is probably the best thing,” said Morgan Pierce, 11.
As he helped his daughter and niece navigate the equipment, Dan Cole, from North East, also appreciated the replacement project.
“We’re here all the time. It’s really nice how everything is new and it’s safe,” he
said. Josh Sylvester is also a fan. “We love it. It’s got to be the best park we’ve ever been to,” the Perryville man said.
“This zip line thing is the best,” added Dante Lines, 12.
However, the young man from Perryville also likes the large boat-like equipment where lots of people can sit together and sway.
Trevon Johnson, 8, rides the zip line one-handed at Perryville Community Park.