SOUTHINGTON — Construction could begin next month on a new playground for Veterans Memorial Park after the Town Council recently chose a builder.
The new playground equipment and construction will cost about $250,000. The Southington Rotary has pledged $100,000 and a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain provides an additional $50,000.
The council voted in favor of hiring Grasshopper Lawns Inc. of Naugatuck during its meeting on July 8.
“I think it’s awesome that the Rotary is taking the lead on this project,” said Town Council vice chair Dawn Miceli.
Kate Sirignano, the club’s vocational service chair, said the group had raised more than half of the $100,000 already.
“We’re super excited that progress is being made,” she said. “Everything looks to be on track from our end.”
The club had its largest golf tournament ever last week and raised twice the amount it normally does.
“We think that people are really excited about the playground,” she said.
The council had initially earmarked $200,000 in its capital budget for a playground to replace the one at Memorial Park. The price went up after the project was put out to bid, Miceli said.
Town crews may do some of the tree clearing and site work. While the current playground is in a wooded area, Miceli said the new playground will be between the pool and sports fields.
“It will have a prominent spot adjacent to Woodruff Street. Very inviting, very welcoming and very safe,” she said.
A portion of the new playground will be accessible to children in wheelchairs without assistance from a caregiver.
Rotary fundraising will continue into next year, according to Sirignano.
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