Park makeover good for monkey business

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— Safe and fun: a parent's dream.
No more looking all around for your children at the Hayden Town Park. Groundbreaking for new playground equipment will begin April 25, and parents will be able to rejoice it its consolidated design.
So, no more looking in the creek for your children or driving your peripheral vision to the extreme. This playground will basically be one structure, said Tracy Rogalski, Secretary of the Hayden Recreation Board.
The modular structure will adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act with a sidewalk and a 54-by-78-foot Sof'Fall crushed wood surface for the playground's surface -- a new safety precaution for children who might lose their balance or grip while playing on the new equipment.
And, of course, it will have all the necessities of any playground, including slides, swings, plenty of monkey bars, and even an area just for toddlers.
The $30,000 renovation has been funded by a $15,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado, combined with contributions from the Babson Carpenter Foundation, Yampa Valley Community Foundation, Hayden Chamber of Commerce, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., the town of Hayden and the Hayden Recreation Board.
"The consolidation is more for us moms," Rogalski said. "We will also be providing hopefully safer equipment. Playground equipment has come a long way."
A representative from the equipment manufacturer will be on site to supervise the construction of the new playground, but volunteers are needed for most of the assembly. Volunteers can show up to help from April 30 to May 2. Tools will be provided, and those who wish to help can sign up by calling Town Hall at 276-3232.
The old playground equipment is currently for sale at Town Hall.
"It's a wonderful thing we can upgrade this equipment for a safer playground," Hayden Recreation Department Coordinator Lindsay Heer said. "This is something we've needed for a long time."


-- To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204
or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com

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