GARLAND — Town commissioners are making progress towards building a playground for children to enjoy. The first piece of equipment is coming soon.
During a Tuesday meeting, Commissioner Judy Smith presented bids for playground equipment and provided an update on the area in the center of town. The land near Garland’s post office will be donated for the construction of a new playground. The 1.39 acres of property on South Bladen Avenue was donated by Connie Cain Rackley — the daughter of former commissioner and business man Curtis Cain.
The submissions to build a swing set were from Efficient Amenities of Georgia and Atlantic Coast Playgrounds of Wilmington. There was a consensus among commissioners to go with the Atlantic Coast Playgrounds, a company that does business with Sampson County Schools. The estimate was for $3,990.
“The Atlantic Coast playgrounds actually came out to our parks and looked at our areas and helped me make more long range plans for the park,” Smith said.
The bid included the swing set, belt and bucket seats, border timbers and bringing everything to Garland. Installation was not included.
“I feel that we can get our private installation cheaper,” Smith said.
The estimated cost of the playground project is between $10,000 and $12,000. Previously, one of the goals was to renovate playground equipment leftover when Head Start left Garland. More equipment is expected to be added each year.
During the process, a deed for the land was finalized giving Rackley naming rights and making Garland responsible for legal matters. If the land is not used for a park in the future, it will go back into the hands of the original owner.
Recently, seeding and the installation of a sprinkler system was approved for the playground. Other work such as clearing tree is scheduled to be finished by the end of June.
The arrival and the installation of the equipment may occur in the upcoming fiscal period, which begins July 1.
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