Dairy Street Playground to get $150K Face Lift
A dinosaur of a playground is set to get an upgrade later this year, thanks to a $75,000 matching grant from the Bergen County Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. The extra funds, announced at the June 27 council meeting, will be matched from the borough's Open Space Trust Fund.
The exact plans for the playground have not yet been finalized, but the primary upgrades will ensure the park is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Currently the park has one swing for disabled children, but no other wheel chair-accessible play equipment.
Council members noted that the park equipment is old and outdated, and much of it needs to be replaced. The equipment, from the 1980s, is fading and worn, but still safe. Many pieces are no longer being used, such as the brown metal saucer that kids dump wood chips in (what is its intended purpose anyway?)
The Open Space Trust Fund is a voter-approved tax levy that allocates 1 cent of every $100 of of assessed property value each year. The funds can only be used for open space and green acres programs. Previous Open Space projects including lighting at Wortendyke Park, renovations at the Basketball and Tennis Courts, and various landscaping and hardscaping projects in Midland Park.
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