Riverside West gets new playground equipment
EVART - Children visiting Riverside West park in Evart will soon have a variety of playground equipment to play on after the city recently bought the equipment for a fraction of its original cost.
Department of Public Works Director Buck Vallad found and initiated the purchase of three bundles of like-new playground equipment on an online auction for $9,000. The structures, which include three slides of various sizes, monkey bars and equipment to climb retail for nearly $90,000.
"Buck did a great job finding those. It's all in really good shape." said Zack Szakacs, city manger, noting that past plans to bring playground equipment to the park have included no less than a $60,000 cost.
The equipment was purchased from elementary schools in West Bloomfield Township in metro Detroit. On Monday, the council approved spending up to $22,000 on the equipment and payment for a company to tear down the equipment, deliver it to Evart and and set it up in Riverside West.
"As soon as the weather warms up, we're going to get that in and set it up so kids can use it," Szakacs said.
The city also plans to have a ribbon cutting ceremony when the new equipment is installed and name the playground area after a longtime community supporter.
In other business, the council approved J&J River Run to use the city's scout house in the north end of Riverside West. The canoe and tubing company, which opened on Independence day in 2012, will utilize the house to store tubes and a refrigerator.
Last summer, the company bussed tubers to Riverside West to begin their trek down the river, ending at J&J River Run, located at 11426 Benzing Rd. in Evart. The business will open for the summer season on Memorial Day.
"Now, instead of bussing them up here, we're going to bus them back," said co-owner Judy Wynia.
The next meeting of the Evart City Council will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Evart Depot.