A late Christmas present could be coming to the children of Elkin in the form of brand new playground equipment for Elkin Municipal Park following action by the town board of commissioners Dec. 14.
Part of the funding for the project is contingent upon the town being approved for a grant, explained Adam McComb, recreation and parks director for the town of Elkin. The grant would provide up to $20,000 for playground equipment, with a grant application deadline of Dec. 31.
Plans for the rest of the funding are to use the balance of $46,889.70 remaining in the Virginia Shaw Fund to complete the project. The Virginia Shaw Fund is available due to the generosity of the late Virginia Shaw who left a sum of money to be used at the park when she died.
McComb said the recreation and parks advisory board had been brainstorming potential projects to use the Shaw fund. “We decided updating the playground nearest the pool, which is over 20 years old, would be a priority,” McComb told the commissioners.
He presented the advisory board’s proposal, which is to remove the old equipment and for town staff to refurbish it and create a playground space at Crater Park, which sits on the Yadkin River near downtown, if that is approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Plain Program, and then replace the old equipment with all new equipment at Elkin Municipal Park.
“We will be refurbishing what’s there in house, and creating and 3- to 5-year-old playground at Crater Park,” he explained.
The cost of the installation of equipment at Crater Park will be $10,402, and the new equipment at the municipal park will be $36,497.69.
McComb explained, showing a rendering of the proposed new equipment, the new playground apparatus will encourage open climbing and be more more fitness oriented.
The approval of using the Virginia Shaw Funds for the project came unanimously following a motion by Commissioner J.L. Lowe and second from Commissioner Dr. Skip Whitman.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.