New Playground

Above is a rendering for the Veterans Memorial Park playground. Final colors may vary.

With the state of Missouri and the Union Board of Aldermen on board, the selection of a new playground at Veterans Memorial Park has been finalized.

The board of aldermen during a recent special meeting approved what was both the park advisory board and personnel, finance and public works committees’ recommendation for the all-inclusive playground, which will be located near the splash pad pavilion at Veterans Memorial Park.

The city had to get approval from the state because the playground is being funded through a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant. It will cover 45 percent of the project total, up to $75,000. The total grant is $33,750.

In all, there were 16 proposals from six different companies. Sullivan presented five options to the park advisory board based on suggestions from previous meetings, including structures that provide shade, slides, swings with multiple levels and many areas for interaction.

The top proposal, which was unanimous for the park advisory board, was made by All Inclusive Rec — Playpower LT, Farmington.

The playground will feature a rubberized mulch surface to keep the splash pad area clean, as well as slides, four different types of swings, climbing areas and an overhead shade structure.

A Biba interactive system also is part of the package. Biba is a suite of augmented reality, imagination-driven playground games for parents to play with their children up to age 9. There is no additional cost for the program, no follow-up or maintenance costs.

A city crew will install the equipment with certified supervision from the company.

The playground was a part of the original park plan and is included in this year’s budget.