Marys­town aim­ing to stream­line town’s play­grounds

Re­view of 10 fa­cil­i­ties through­out com­mu­nity to be com­pleted this fall

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY PAUL HERRIDGE MARYS­TOWN, N.L.

Call it an­other sign of the times on the Burin Penin­sula.

Over the years, the num­ber of play­grounds in Marys­town has grown to 10, scat­tered in var­i­ous nooks and cran­nies of the com­mu­nity. An eleventh was al­ready con­demned and dis­man­tled ear­lier this year.

There’s prob­a­bly too many now, ac­cord­ing to Coun. Loretta Lewis, chair of Marys­town coun­cil’s re­cre­ation com­mit­tee.

Some of the play­grounds are owned by the town while oth­ers were adopted by fam­i­lies, she told The South­ern Gazette Oct. 12.

Not all of them are up to

scratch – some have rusty equip­ment, there are swings with­out seats, sig­nage is gone, she said.

It’s quite ob­vi­ous a few of them have been aban­doned, Lewis said, adding that can hap­pen over time.

“Some now, be­cause of maybe de­mo­graph­ics – kids have grown up and moved out of the area – they’re just not even be­ing used,” she noted. “They’re just there.”

“Some now, be­cause of maybe de­mo­graph­ics – kids have grown up and moved out of the area – they’re just not even be­ing used,” she noted. “They’re just there.”

Re­view

The state of some of the play­grounds and the con­di­tion of the equip­ment in them has been on the re­cre­ation com­mit­tee’s radar for a while.

Lewis said the re­sult was the for­ma­tion of a play­ground sub­com­mit­tee that will be re­view­ing all 10 sites, in­clud­ing the equip­ment in each, over the next cou­ple of weeks.

“We’re look­ing at, like (for ex­am­ple) are we bet­ter off hav­ing six re­ally good, full, safe play­grounds ver­sus (10) that are so-so and a bit of a con­cern,” she said.

For the adopted play­grounds, fam­i­lies will be con­tacted as part of the re­view, Lewis said, not­ing some of those fa­cil­i­ties have also been beau­ti­fully main­tained.

“That’s not the ones that we’re re­ally re­fer­ring to. It’s the ones that have been some­what aban­doned,” she said.

The re­view will de­ter­mine ex­actly how many play­grounds should re­main, Lewis said, not­ing trim­ming the num­ber may have a pos­i­tive im­pact on those fa­cil­i­ties.

“If there’s good equip­ment, safe equip­ment that we can use and prob­a­bly re­lo­cate it to an­other play­ground – to make that play­ground more kid-friendly, safe, more play op­tions for kids – we’ll do that, too,” she said.

Lewis specif­i­cally men­tioned the play­ground at the Marys­town Track and Field Com­plex as one that could be en­hanced.

“We do feel that play­ground could use a few more things, too,” Lewis said.

Once the as­sess­ment is com­plete, Lewis said rec­om­men­da­tions will be brought to coun­cil for a de­ci­sion.

PAUL HERRIDGE/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

A sub-com­mit­tee of Marys­town coun­cil’s re­cre­ation com­mit­tee is con­duct­ing a re­view of the play­grounds around the town. The play­ground at the Track and Field Com­plex is one of 10 in the com­mu­nity.

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