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Lake Tye Park to get new playground in spring

Groundbreaking on March 16: The city will host a public groundbreaking event for the new playground equipment. The groundbreaking will be at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at the park, 14964 Fryelands Blvd. in Monroe.

MONROE — Having “outlived its service life,” the 20-year-old playground equipment at Lake Tye Park will be replaced this spring.
Last week, the council approved having the mayor sign a $317,545 purchase order quote for new playground equipment and the equipment’s installation.
The new equipment should be installed by May.
Everett-based Sitelines Park & Playground Equipment, Inc. will be designing the equipment, taking notes from public input collected by the city in late February.
The new playset for children will fit within the current old one’s footprint, according to city parks and recreation director Mike Farrell. But, within that footprint, there will be a few new improve-ments not seen there before.
There may be surface improvements such as rubberized ground to the site, perhaps making scraped knees while playing hard a concept of the past.
Some of the other chief improvements will be ADA-inclusive play areas “that intentionally break down physical and social barriers to play,”; “playful public art,”; climbing challenges and motion activities that appeal to older kids “who seek
a more adventurous play experience,” and musical instruments (cantana chimes, harmonic chimes) installed within the set.
The new play set will focus on multi-generational or a wider range of age groups of children, from oversized leaves, flowers and mush-rooms to a climbing wall and vines on which to traverse. Site drawings indicate the target age range is children aged 2 to 12.

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