Parks and Rec creates monster


Just in time for summer's finale, a new playground is under construction at North Park at Yampa Avenue and 12th Street.

The park used to have a small playground, but it was removed a few years ago because of liability issues, Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike said.

"There was an increased need for playgrounds and parks in that part of town," Pike said.

"It has kind of been ignored and it's high time we got down there and concentrated on that end of town," he said.

Playground equipment replacement is part of the Craig Parks and Recreation Department's five-year capital improvement plan. Woodbury Park and City Park already have been improved under this plan, and Hier Park near Ninth and Legion is next.

The cost of the new equipment is $34,116, which Pike said is a little above average for playgrounds in Craig, but North Park was due for a makeover.

North Park will be a multi-tiered park with different areas for younger and older children, and it will feature the first "monster" slide in Craig. The slide is taller than average and features two slides.

A new safety surface made from recycled tires also will be added, which was made possible through a grant from the state's Division of Local Affairs.

Pike hopes to have the new playground and park improvements, including a trail leading to the playground, picnic tables, and landscaping, completed by the end of the month

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