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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

City Garners Great Ideas for Hoyt-Sullivan Playground


A great crowd of residents gathered on Monday night to offer their vision for Hoyt-Sullivan Playground located at 10 Central Street. The meeting was facilitated by Arn Franzen.

City officials revealed their pursuit of a federal grant in the amount of $400,000 to renovate the playground at the recent ResiStat meeting and followed up with this vision session to gather feedback from residents on what elements they loved about the space and what they would like to see added.

One issue that was repeatedly brought up was the need for lighting as nighttime safety concerns surround the playspace and have for many years. Preserving the beautiful tree canopy to ensure shade on hot summer days, including train viewing spots along fencing facing the tracks and sand/toddler space were all mentioned to Franzen. 

The City will be submitting their grant proposal in the coming months with a decision expected before the end of 2015. If approved, the City will have further design meetings and will eventually close the park down for up to 6 months for construction. 

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