liberty park
{City of Parkland}

By Bryan Boggiano

The city commission unanimously approved a project to replace the Liberty Park playground at their June 21 meeting.

According to the agreement, the city will award $850,000 to Shiff Construction and Development, Inc., to undertake the improvements. Of those funds, $600,000 comes from the Infrastructure Replacement Plan, and $250,000 is from the Capital Improvement Fund.

Liberty Park’s playground first opened in 2001. It attracts roughly 60 users on weekdays and 200 on weekends.

Its structures are made of wood and composite wood. While the main support poles are in good condition, framing and other wood range from medium to poor condition, according to Shiff Construction. The firm notes that exposed lumber will continue to deteriorate exponentially.

The project’s work will ensure the playground is up to date with current safety standards. However, the playground’s commemorative features and overall aesthetics will be maintained.

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For ages 5-12 playground, developers will replace wood lumber and other features with structural plastic where it is appropriate, including but not limited to the handrail posts, sound wall, balusters, roofs, and most play structures like slides, fire poles, and the horizontal rock wall.

Other plans include improvements to accessible ramps, rebuilding the accessible suspense bridge, resurfacing the rubberized volcano, replacing the chin-up pipes, and the Mount Rushmore mural with printed aluminum panels with an anti-graffiti coating.

For ages 2-5 playground, replacing lumber with plastic is the plan for most playground components, including the tic-tac-toe station, lobster boat, and Louisiana lighthouse, among other items.

Plans also include replacing chain and hose equipment with cable versions and replacing custom-built equipment, such as swings, with manufactured equipment.

Developers will also add signage to the ages 2-5 and 5-12 Liberty Park playground areas and rebuild the center seating benches and octagonal picnic tables.

Project plans, however, leave the trolly ride and accessible parallel bars as they are.

Commissioner Bob Mayersohn moved to approve rewarding the contract. Commissioner Jordan Isrow seconded. It passed unanimously.

Due to construction, Liberty Park’s playground area will close on July 24 and remain closed through early October.

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Bryan Boggiano
Bryan Boggiano
A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan plans to pursue geosciences at Florida International University for his master's. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.


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