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October 23, 2012

Parks in need of some facelifts

Report details what needs to be repaired


Clipper Rail Trail, “overgrown brush on either side of Parker Street causing safety hazard for pedestrian crossing.”

Jason Sawyer Playground, “rubber mat near entrance is turned up, is a tripping hazard, need more sand under swings, wiggle ladder missing from central climber.”

Joppa Park, sink holes in walkway by seawall, walkway needs to be replaced.

March’s Hill, “stair landings falling apart, stairs a hazard.”

Moseley Woods, “needs mulch around play structures.”

Perkins Park, “sandbox needs repair, wood is old and splintering, playground needs additional mulch.”

Woodman Park,” kiddie swing not secure, should be cemented into place, swing seat broken, handles on play structures need tightening.”

The report noted that repairs and cosmetic enhancements can be done on almost all community parks.

Also, several expensive projects were mentioned but not under “safety issues.”

For instance, it was stated that the three tennis courts at Atkinson Common need resurfacing, at a cost of about $30,000.

There was also an item “rehab or remove Jason Sawyer pavilion,” at a cost of about $10,000.

And work near the boat ramp at Joppa Park needs to be revamped, at a cost that could approach $60,000.

But funding appears to depend upon the situation. State officials, for instance, have said they are committed to upgrading the facilities at Joppa Park.

The report suggests that areas of improvement have been identified, and actual improvements will be considered by municipal leaders in coming months.

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