2012-05-24 / Front Page
Residents have their say on Plumsted playground
PLUMSTED — As families gathered in the sun to celebrate New Egypt Day in historic downtown New Egypt on May 12, a vote was being held by the Plumsted Playground Committee that would determine the future of the playground area at Brindletown and Brynmore roads.
Playground proposals from Playworld Systems of Lewisburg, Pa., and Landscape Structures of Delano, Minn., were on display at the Playground Committee’s table during the festivities, giving residents a chance to see the plans and to discuss them with municipal representatives.
“The people who came by the table had a lot of comments,” said Township Committeeman Jack Trotta, who is serving on the Playground Committee. “We heard a lot of people thank us for asking their opinions.”
The final vote count determined that Playworld Systems’ proposal would be the plan going forward as Plumsted officials prepare to upgrade the community’s playground equipment.
“Regarding the equipment itself, many people expressed that [Playworld Systems’ proposal] had more activities. They also stated that they liked the seesaw and one of the climbing activities that [Landscape Structures’ proposal] had,” Trotta said.
According to Trotta, residents told Playground Committee members throughout the day that they liked various aspects of both proposals.
“We will have to check with Playworld Systems to see if we can incorporate these items into their plans,” he said.
With the initial decision made, the next step for the Playground Committee will be to discuss the playground with representatives of Playworld Systems and to finalize the cost. Trotta said the initial estimates for both proposals were about equal.
Township Committeeman Herb Marinari, who is also serving on the Playground Committee, said fundraising efforts for the new playground began during New Egypt Day.
“We asked anyone who wanted to vote [for a playground proposal] to donate a dollar toward the playground equipment,” Marinari said.
Officials said no deal with an equipment manufacturer will be signed until all of the details regarding the community’s new playground equipment have been addressed.