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Playground reopening on the horizon

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SPRING HOPE — Town officials are planning a grand reopening for the Spring Hope Community Park to unveil its new playground equipment.

The equipments is expected to be in place and ready for use in March.

The town will host a celebration to include a movie in the park, food trucks and other children’s activities, Town Manager Jae Kim said at the town’s most recent Board of Commissioners meeting.

Additional details will be made available when plans are finalized, Kim said.

Earlier this month, the Nash County Board of Commissioners approved funding for new playground equipment.

According to an interlocal agreement, the county is purchasing the playground equipment for up to $52,500 in exchange for Spring Hope increasing its annual payment to the county for park maintenance from $7,000 to $10,000 per year.

Nash commissioners also approved the winning proposal for the equipment from Site Concepts for $49,493.

The equipment is replacing donated wooden playground gear installed at the park years ago. The wooden equipment fell into poor condition and was removed last year.

If the playground equipment is delivered early, it will be stored in the town’s public works facility on Pine Street.

“It has been discussed with Envirolink that there is enough room to leave equipment there without interfering with their daily work,” Kim said, referring to the town’s public works contractor.

In other park news, the town and county are still gathering quotes regarding the partition of the women’s restroom, which was damaged in a fire last year.

“Depending on the cost, the town may consider cleaning instead of replacing the stalls,” Kim said.

The town is also working with Stocks Engineering on repairs to existing sidewalks. It’s typically difficult to pour concrete this time of year since temperatures have to remain above 40 degrees during the process, Kim said.

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