Fort Mitchell Park is getting an upgrade. Russell County Commissioner Cattie Epps introduced the project for her district recently. The total cost for both pieces of equipment is $17,494.33.
The upgrade will include a Merry-Go-All, which is a fully accessible, forward-facing merry-go-round with spinning wheel. It seats up to four sitting passengers and eight standing passengers for a total of twelve children. Children who are ages two to five (with harnesses purchased additionally), or ages five to 12 can ride. The spin wheel promotes upper body development and collaborative play, and the durable, frictionless, magnetic breaking system minimizes speed. The Merry-Go-All cost $6,203.06.
For ages five to 12, the medium-sized Sensory Dome is freestanding climbing equipment. It is made of a mix of materials and has a lot of climbable routes. It is suitable for children of all abilities. The 20-inch opening can be fitted with GameTime Sensors to provide auditory, visual, or tactile experiences. The Sensory Dome cost $9,205.56 with additional costs of $443.08 for a blue 20” window, $110.20 for a climbing insert, and $1,069.32 for Bells, a two-sided sensor. The total cost for the Sensory Dome is $10,828.16.
The Russell County Parks and Recreation Department has an annual budget for new playground equipment of approximately $15,000-$20,000, so these items have been budgeted. Parks and Recreation is hoping to have installation finished in the next two months.