WEST MILTON — Just in time for the Fourth of July festivities in the park, the village of West Milton has installed new playground equipment for the village’s younger residents and their families to enjoy.
The newly installed equipment was the first phase in a series of improvements to the West Milton Municipal Park, Municipal Manager Matt Kline said. A second phase, planned to be completed next year, will include the addition of a polished concrete slide, landscaping and a few more play pieces aimed at the park’s younger toddler visitors.
The new playground unit is very large, Kline said, and allows kids to climb, slide and swing.
“I believe the highest point towers nearly 20 feet in the air,” he added. “The colors were chosen to give it a playful or party type of atmosphere… something which would put a smile on your face. And from the reaction of the folks who have enjoyed it thus far, I believe we have succeeded.”
The playground also features a new swing for families with small children, which lets parents and children swing face to face. There are several new benches and trash receptacles as well.
“One of the new benches is actually a swing bench, which seems to be a hit with the parents,” Kline added.
The village received 75 percent grant funding from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for the new equipment, approximately $76,000. Village crews did the site preparation work, Kline said, tearing out all of the old playground equipment and concrete.
“We estimated that this saved the village nearly $20,000 in costs. We have a very dedicated and talented crew of employees whom we are very proud and fortunate to have,” he said.
Kline thanked the Park Board and council for their help in designing the new playground and making its installation possible.