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Council approves playground plan for Oak Leaf Park

The Glencoe City Council approved the Park Board’s plans to purchase new playground equipment for Oak Leaf Park and construct a border sidewalk around the playground at its Monday night meeting.
Public Works Director Jamie Voigt gave the City Council an overview of the Park Board’s playground plans, which would bring all the play structures at the park up to safety standards and compliant with American Disability Act (ADA).
“Last year, we looked at Oak Leaf Park and the playground we have out there and what we needed to fix and upgrade. In doing so we noticed there was a significant amount of work to be done to get the playground up to where it needs to be … the Park Board decided it would look at what it would cost to replace the existing playground with a new playground,” said Voigt.
The Park Board received two design plans from Midwest Playscapes and Minnesota-Wisconsin Playgrounds in summer 2016 and one later from Flagship Recreation (the local representative for Landscape Structures) in winter 2017.
The Park Board agreed to a budget of $100,000. Midwest Playscapes set its quote at $104,298; Minnesota-Wisconsin Playgrounds at $100,000; and Flagship at $101,853.40.
The Park Board requested some changes to Midwest Playscapes and Minnesota-Wisconsin’s plans; only Midwest Playscapes accommodated the request. Midwest Playscapes also agreed to help the city re-install the playground from Creekside Subdivision in Lincoln Park. With the requested changes, the Midwest Playscapes equipment, along with installation, totals $106,577.
Voigt also asked Midwest Playscapes to include the border sidewalk cost from a contractor it works with to get a total price for the playground. The total cost amounts to $131,831.
Voigt said that the Park Board is planning to refurbish and elevate the existing merry-go-round, an expense that is not currently configured into the total amount.
For more about the city's Oak Leaf Park playground plans, see the Dec. 6 print edition of The Chronicle.