This diagram shows the rock-shaped playground equipment Morrow leaders plan to buy and have installed at Hammack Park. The city council voted this week to enter negotiations with Hasley Recreation and Design, Inc. to provide and install $60,292.95 worth of equipment at the park.
MORROW City officials may soon tell children to go play with a rock.
They don’t mean the youths should go get a pet rock, however.
The city is planning to install rock-shaped playground equipment, worth $60,292.95, at Hammack Park. Instead of the usual jungle jim and swing set, the children would play on small, artificial mountains and rope bridges, according to City Manager Jeff Eady.
“Instead of doing the normal playground equipment with the swings and the slides — like everyone else has — we wanted to do something different, so we have the amenities and the passive components and these rocks,” said Eady as he showed a reporter a diagram of the planned playground. “They’re pretty good sized rocks too. The picture doesn’t do them justice.”
A contract to purchase and install the equipment has not yet been installed, but the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to enter into negotiations with Hasley Recreation and Design, Inc., to perform the job. Eady said the city will use funds from a $75,000 Community Development Block Grant to pay for the project.
Eady said the park will also get exercise stations which can be used by adults.
Although the price of the playground equipment looks high, Eady said it is actually not as expensive as some other playgrounds in the city. The city paid more than $100,000 for playground equipment installed in a park outside Morrow City Hall, he said.
“Playground equipment is expensive,” said Eady. “When you start putting the foam surfaces in and everything, it’s not cheap."