Waltersville playground work on hold

Published 11:39 am Thursday, July 7, 2011

Efforts to spruce up the Waltersville Estates playground, damaged by this spring’s flood, have been put on hold due to a federal inspection.

“We’re on hold until we see what the inspector says,” said Donna Osburn of the Vicksburg Kiwanis Club, which spent June 26 cleaning the playground. “We’ll have to see what can be re-used and what will need replacing.”

The park took on more than 6 feet of water during the Mississippi River flood that saw a May 19 crest of 57.1 feet. Flood stage is 43 feet.

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“Most of the mulch floated away,” Osburn said. “We spent the day cleaning with Clorox and getting rid of mold and making the playground safer.”

An inspector visited the park Wednesday to determine what playground equipment may stay and what needs to go.

“The inspections would have happened anyway,” said Dannie Walker of the Vicksburg Housing Authority, which operates Waltersville Estates and five other properties in Vicksburg. “The flood just caused us to speed up the process.”

The results of the inspection should be available early next week, Walker said.

“This could become a multistep project depending on what has to be replaced,” Osburn said. “We just want to make it safe out there.”

The playground at Waltersville was built in the early 1980s when the subdivision was erected.

It is used by nearly 200 children.