With work done, now time to play
By James Peacemaker, Jr. Managing Editor
Sep 16, 2013, 12:03
BLAKE BELDEN/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Kimberly Barrow spreads mulch at the Flora Hill Park playground on Thursday. In the foreground is a swing with a high back that will help accommodate children with disabilities who may have trouble sitting up.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS Three months after the playground at Flora Hill Park was torn down because it was in disrepair, residents in the neighborhood have a place to play that they can be proud of.
They can be proud not just because slides and other equipment will be the envy of other kids in the city, but because they helped raise a large chunk of the money used to build it.
While it took months to fund the project, plan the playground and to hire a contractor, construction took relatively little time. Most of the work was completed in less than a week.
On Thursday, city staff and volunteers laid out a thick bed of mulch around the playground.
The new playground equipment features several slides.
An orange tractor with a giant scoop on the front helped shuttle mulch to the ends of the playground.
Director of Recreation and Parks Craig Skalak, Councilman Kenneth Frenier and Councilman Greg Kochuba were among those spreading the mulch early Thursday afternoon.
Its long-coming and much needed and we are very appreciative to get the funding to do it, Skalak said.
He praised the community for coming together to raise money.
A tractor carries mulch to parts of the new playground at Flora Hill Park in Colonial Heights on Thursday.
A bronze plaque attached to a large stone at the entrance to the playground names some of the people and organizations that donated to the cause.
A 5K fundraiser raised about $18,000 for the playground. Of that, the former director of recreation and parks, Sean Gleason, gave $5,000.
The playground also features increased accessibility for those with disabilities.
A special swing with a tall back is designed for kids who may have trouble sitting up on their own, ramps allow access with wheelchairs and there are some transitional areas that allow kids to play with assistance.