Playground equipment ‘dilapidated’

Changes to a pair of McLeod Subdivision playgrounds are in the works in Spallumcheen, thanks to outdated, potentially unsafe equipment.

A request was made by the Municipal Insurance Association of B.C. to the township to survey the two playgrounds at Lockhart Drive and at the intersection of Lockhart and Sidney Crescent.

In a memo to staff, public works manager Ed Forslund said based on the risk evaluation outlined in a report received in September, repairs to the grounds and fencing are required, and that the playground equipment should be upgraded.

“The equipment is dilapidated, it doesn’t meet Canadian Safety Association standards, it’s an old wooden structure with the possibility of slivers and it’s beyond repair,” said Forslund to council.

“It needs to be taken out before someone gets hurt.”

Council passed one resolution to remove all of the playground equipment immediately to reduce liability, and will explore available grant funding for the purchase of new equipment.

The equipment will also be added to the 2012 budget deliberations.

They passed another resolution to put the equipment only at the intersection of Lockhart and Sidney, and will send a letter to residents in the subdivision alerting them of its intentions.


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