Per­ryville’s new play­ground is a hit

To be for­mally ded­i­cated Satur­day

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

PER­RYVILLE

“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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Trevon John­son, 8, rides the zip line one-handed at Per­ryville Com­mu­nity Park.

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