Playground funds OK’d

BAR HARBOR — An effort to rebuild the Park Street Playground got a boost Tuesday when the Town Council unanimously approved a request to increase the funding for the park by $40,200 in next year’s budget.

Jenna Horton of the Bar Harbor-MDI Rotary Club, which has joined the Park Street Community Playground Project in the effort to fundraise and build the new playground, presented the request to the council.

“It’s important to provide a safe and engaging place for kids to play and be active,” she said.

About a third of the total $178,418 cost of the project has been raised in the five years since Amy Schwartz and others started the renovation effort. The town is expected to contribute another third, $23,689 currently in a reserve account plus the additional one-time $40,200 contribution. The group continues to raise money for the remainder.

The Parks and Recreation Committee recommended the funding, Chair Jeff Dobbs said, and is “100 percent behind the project. The town needs this playground fixed.”

The group hopes to break ground in the spring of 2017. The playground design is from Landscape Structures via O’Brien & Sons Inc., who has worked with the town before, Horton said.

Find “Fix Our Playground – Park Street Playground Project” on Facebook.

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