WAYNESBORO– The Mt. Airy park located in Waynesboro is expecting some significant upgrades soon. Borough Manager Jason Stains says that the Borough of Waynesboro had budgeted around $30,000 for renovations to the park.
Last week, borough workers broke ground to expand the basketball court and have placed the frame for swings and removed some other features to be repainted at Tom Shockey Collision for repainting.
Installation of spring toys and merry-go-round is estimated to be completed within the next two weeks.
The other upgrades include a full-size basketball court, changing the slide, adding fences around the playground, and three bays of swings. “We have been very fortunate to receive a number of grants through the state to fund this project,” Stains said.
Currently, there are not any swings or fencing at the park. A half-sized basketball court and worn playground equipment are currently installed.
“This park has been overlooked over the years and is past due for upgrading. We are looking forward to rejuvenating this park,” Stains said. “Some of the neighbors made recommendations and we took those into consideration and acted on them and decided to make the basketball court a full-size court.”
One bay of swings will have expression swings which are made to allow an adult and a child to swing facing each other. “We have an expression swing at Memorial Park and it was a big hit.”
These upgrades were originally scheduled to be done in June of 2020 but were rescheduled due to COVID-19. The upgrades contend with the upgrades at Memorial Park in Waynesboro that received new bathroom facilities, a pickleball court, and a resurfacing of the tennis and basketball courts.
“There are a lot of children that live in close proximity to the park and we hope this gives them the opportunity to get out and take advantage of the amenities,” Stains said. “We hope they will become good stewards of the park and help us keep it nice for everyone to enjoy.”
A completion date has not been announced, due to the pandemic shipping of the equipment has been delayed. (We will update this article when an estimated date is announced.)
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