After several months of selecting a vendor and working on a design, the Menominee Parks and Recreation Committee is ready to recommend the replacement of the 25 year old Watertower Park playground equipment which had become outdated and unsafe. The Committee is recommending a modular play structure designed by Burke Lee Recreation. The not to exceed cost of $126,000 will be funded by the Klar Bequest. The project will also include a sidewalk access walkway specifically designed to provide access to individuals with disabilities to be funded by the parks recreation budget. With final approval by the city finance committee and the city council, the new equipment will be installed this summer.
The old playground equipment has already been removed. While some of the wooden pieces are not salvageable, some of the plastic parts are useable. While city manager Tony Graff was recommending donating the pieces to the DeYoung Zoo for their primate exhibits, the city has received several inquiries about purchasing the parts. The committee is recommending pictures of the surplus equipment be posted on the City’s Facebook page and seal bids be accepted.
The Parks and Recreation Committee also discussed what to charge for renting out the new Beach House at Henes Park. The committee is recommending a rental fee of $375 per day for weekends and holidays, and $280 per day on weekdays. The charge would include the cost of cleaning by a professional service. The fees still need to be approved by the city council.