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Council to replace playground equipment, park bridges

Friday, February 22, 2013   by: Jamie LyleThis week, council announced funding for the upgrade and maintenance of numerous playgrounds and parks, most notably Thompson Park and the large play structure that sits alongside the Government Dock.


During the meeting, some councillors questioned the need for play in some areas of the city and even suggested an audit of the use might help them know better which neighbourhoods are in high demand for these facilities with some growing older with less children living in the area, along with many school grounds having complementary facilities.


Also discussed was the costly removal and reduction to two bridges in Thompson Park.


The four arched bridges, coloured in chocolate and red, are becoming unsafe as timbers break down and frost has unstably heaved at some of the foundations out of the ground.


The four bridges are going to be replaced with two new bridges; however, this seems quite a feat, for anyone who knows their way around this park might find it more difficult to get from one end to the other.


When asked about the municipal playground update, Mayor Al McDonald gave his insight that demand for this service is still relevant throughout the city.
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