New equipment headed to four city playgrounds

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 16, 2002

[04/16/02]Children in four Vicksburg neighborhoods will have new swings and slides for play this summer.

The Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Monday to advertise for bids on new equipment for four more city parks in a rebuilding program begun several years ago.

The new equipment will be installed in playgrounds on Marian Lane, Roseland Drive, Farmer Street and Lake Street, said Craig Upton, director of parks and recreation.

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The updated swings and slides will replace ones that have been in those parks for years. The equipment is expected to be installed in June, Upton said.

Each playground is expected to cost about $25,000 to replace the equipment, said Paul Rogers, city strategic planner.

There are 15 playgrounds in the city. Upton said they are trying to replace equipment in at least two parks each year. The newer equipment meets today’s safety codes. Site preparation also includes base material to reduce the risk of injury to children when they fall.

In other matters, the board:

Presented certificates of recognition to the Vicksburg Missy Gators Soccer team and Burt Day in the city’s traffic department.

Approved allocating $11,912 for The Initiative Inc.

Authorized the mayor and city clerk to have access to a safe deposit box.

Authorized the city clerk to advertise for bids for painting at City Hall and the planning department, lawn maintenance and ball valve control system.

Upheld a 2-day suspension and a 15-day suspension for two Vicksburg Police officers for violating city policy.

The city board will meet again at 10 a.m., April 25 at City Hall Annex.