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New playground equipment coming this spring

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SPRING HOPE — The town of Spring Hope and Nash County Parks and Recreation have selected a vendor to replace the playground equipment that was removed from the community park over the summer.

Site Concepts from Miller Creek was awarded the project at a cost of $49,982, which is being paid through an addendum to an operation and maintenance agreement that Spring Hope has had in place with parks and rec for several years. Four other companies had placed similar bids for the project.

The former equipment was removed when town officials and local residents noticed the equipment was falling into a state of disrepair that made it dangerous. The basketball court equipment was replaced this year and the town and county are currently considering changes to the existing tennis courts as well.

“We are very happy to have an agreement in place with Nash County that allows us to provide a safe and fun environment for the families in our community to enjoy,” said Spring Hope Town Manager Jae Kim. “We look forward to the project’s completion.”

The new playground equipment will be constructed of low-maintenance composite play structures instead of the solid wooden structures that are prone to rotting over time. The new tan and forest green structures are from the product line TotschoiceX and will be specifically built targeting the those age 12 and under.

Included in the new playground package will be an age 5-12 fitness course, swings, climbers, a wavy wedge wall walker, hand ring bridge, slides and more.

According to Kim, the project should be completed by spring 2020.

“We are planning to have a grand reopening of the park in the spring,” said Kim. “It will be a true community celebration with anyone from the public, local and county officials, a movie in the park, food trucks, fun activities and more.”

The Spring Hope Community Park originally opened in 1980. The facility includes, a walking path, picnic tables and shelters, a baseball field, tennis courts, playground areas and a basketball court. A fire this fall caused significant damage to the park’s permanent restrooms, which are currently being repaired. The fire was the result of someone setting fire to trash cans in the facility.