Plan For The Improvement Of The Priest River City Park Playground
In early March of 2020 Daisy Schneider approached the City and the Parks and Tree Commission with the desire and preliminary ideas to improve the playground at City Park. Existing playground equipment has become outdated and surrounding areas do not provide adequate safety groundcovers. Aesthetically, the hodgepodge of equipment from different eras detracts from the beauty of the Park.
The Parks and Tree Commission agrees with Ms. Schneider that community playgrounds provide children the opportunity to develop important social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills so necessary in today’s world. Children learn through play.
The Parks and Tree Commission also agrees that playground improvement would not only provide benefits for local children, but also would improve the City Park substantially as well as enhancing the worth of the City as a whole.
Ms. Schneider spent countless hours pursuing general playground ideas and options for specific playground equipment; she brought the results of her research to the Parks and Tree Commission for further discussions. Based on replies to initial contacts, three companies were chosen to provide further information; Game Time, Playground Equipment.com and Little Tikes. Playground Equipment.com was unable to proceed with any quotes because of Covid-19.
Little Tikes has been the most responsive to our needs; their very detailed plan for our playground is described in this pdf file. The plans coincide well with the preferences of the Parks and Tree Commission.
A quote for Little Tikes playground equipment is here. Note that additional cost will be incurred for initial site prep and approved ground cover. This site gives more information on financing alternatives. Additional financing options include grants, a GoFundMe page and local donations. An excellent source for grant information is this site.
The Parks and Tree Commission looks forward to working with the City to accomplish this very important goal.