The Port Arthur News
Two parks in Nederland are set to receive new playground equipment that can withstand harsh weather conditions of coastal areas.
Carl “Cropo” LeBlanc Park, located in the 900 block of Boston Avenue, and South Fifth Street Park, located in the 400 block of South Fifth Street, will see the upgrades at a cost of about $47,000. The city allocated $50,000 toward the project and installation will occur before Spring Break 2013, weather permitting.
“All of the playground equipment we’ve purchased are not at a residential level but at a commercial level with a longer life span so we have a bigger bang for our buck,” Angela Fanette, director of Nederland Parks and Recreation, said.
The city replaced equipment at the much larger Doornbos Park, 2301 Avenue H, last year as part of a plan to upgrade the city’s park system.
The new commercial grade equipment will have larger poles and feature a special finish, she said. Parks department employees will be able to go in and make repairs and take care of graffiti, if necessary.
“The coating is made especially for coastal areas and is actually called a coastal package,” she said. “There is minimum cost to apply and it will withstand the sun and salty coastal winds. We are keeping everything in the brown, tan and green theme and trying to keep it consistent to help brand our parks.”
When thinking about playground equipment one must also think about the fall zone, the area where the child lands. Fanette said there are regulations for the size and components used in the fall zone as well as the idea that borders must be placed.
“We want this to not only be functional but safe as well,” she said. “It’s almost as expensive as the equipment.”
Nederland Mayor Dick Nugent is pleased with the park projects and Fanette’s work to make the area safe.
“Little ones don’t know if something is safe or not,” Nugent said in reference to the city’s bid to create a safe environment for children to play. “The city keeps good maintenance on the parks.”
Fanette said she is “very excited” about this years parks projects.
“This is just another step in improvements to provide quality areas of play and things to do in the city,” she added.