Marine Park playground opening rescheduled

Playground_SG-1By Steve Guntli

The opening for the Marine Park Playground has been pushed back.

The city had scheduled a ribbon cutting for the new playground on October 12, but was forced to delay due to  landscaping concerns at the site. The park will now open on Monday, October 26 at 4 p.m.

City officials were concerned about the hydroseeding at the site. Hydroseeding is a technique used to sod grounds quickly. The city was concerned the hydroseeding had been sprayed too late and would not set in time, leaving the park too muddy to use.

With the forecast calling for heavy rain October 12, the city decided it would be better to give the hydroseeding time to settle. In addition, the contractors experienced a number of setbacks, including a broken-down truck, which contributed to the delay.

“It was just one thing after another,” said deputy community planner Alex Wenger. “But we’ll be ready for sure by Thursday the 22nd, and hopefully we’ll have better weather on the day we open.”

Wenger said the city plans to have all the vendors and entertainers scheduled for the October 12 opening return on October 26.

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