Maybe you’ve heard — former Selectman George Prunier Jr. has proposed replacing, and possibly relocating, the Super Park next to the old police station. He went before Selectmen last week to propose a private fund to get the job done.
Let’s talk about the good things about the park. It reuses materials creatively. My model loved the “dinosaur” crafted from old tires.
And the piping that creates tunnels and this slide has held up really well over the years.
But the actual structure is showing some wear and tear. We had it mostly to ourselves and, even when it was just Little Miss running up and down the stairs and across the bridges, there was a whole lotta shakin’ going on. When I climbed up myself — as mothers tend to do when they run after the younger critters this thing is designed for — parts were a little wobbly.
My daughter loves slides that spin her around. But the sun heats up the surface and there’s definite rust…
… and that probably freaks the moms of toddlers right out, for good reason. Hello tetanus!
Also, there’s graffiti scribbled here and there. You’d think, with it being next to the police station, this wouldn’t be the case.
The Super Park dates back to 1985 and was renovated again back in 1998, according to park signage.
Possibly a playground made from more sturdy materials — Northborough has a beauty off Rte. 135 — might be in the park’s future. I’m also eyeing the ground covering and thinking it’s not quite up to snuff. Most of the parks constructed over the past few years now use bark mulch, or an equivalent manufactured product (there’s a type made from recycled rubber), as a cushion. Either way, you’re still going to end up emptying everything out of your shoes at the end of the excursion!
Prunier proposed rebuilding it on town-owned land at 25 Worcester St. due to the lack of shade at this location. I threw a call his way yesterday asking for more details about his fundraising plans; I’ll update when he gets back to me.