City breaks ground on 2 playground improvement projects

City officials held two groundbreaking ceremonies Friday highlighting playground improvement projects. The ceremonies were held at both 6th & Amity Playground, located in the 1500 block of 6th Street, and Lance Place Playground, located at 759 Lance Place.

The ceremonies were attended by Mayor Eddie Morán, City Council President Donna Reed, project engineers and a small group of residents.

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6th & Amity Playground will be the home of the City’s first Adult Exercise Park which will include a variety of low impact, heart healthy exercise equipment such as an elliptical, bench press, and crunch machines. In addition, areas for stretching and plyometric exercises will be added.

Existing playground equipment will have swings added, and existing playsets will be improved. Musical instruments and panel play areas will be added, as well as a quiet grove.

Also, in connection with the Moran Administration’s focus on sustainability, a rain garden will be added, allowing for the infiltration of water running off impervious surfaces such as the basketball court and promoting infiltration into the groundwater system.

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Lance Place Playground will benefit from the reuse of the existing 6th & Amity playground equipment. Pour in Place play surfaces will also be added for safer and more durable play areas. Asphalt will also be removed and replaced with grass and trees, allowing for a greener atmosphere for children and families to enjoy.

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