Have your say on new Frances Anderson Center playground

Feb 18, 2018
Courtesy of: City of Edmonds Here is one of the five playground options for the Frances Anderson Center. The city is looking for the public’s input.

The old bandshell is history.

Now, the 17-year-old old playground at the Frances Anderson Center is headed for the scrapheap.

The city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will replace the playground this year, and is looking for the public’s help in selecting one.

“The playground, although still providing some play value, is old and tired, and it is time to replace it,” said Parks and Recreation Director Carrie Hite. “It was installed in 2001, and has provided a lot of fun for the community. But there comes time in the life of a playground when it is time to retire. This year, we will give the playground a much-needed break and will be selecting a new one to be installed before summer.”

The city published a request for proposals for the new playground last month January. Some of the requirements we requested for a new playground include play opportunities for ages 2-5 and 5-12, that it be easy to maintain, have a good warranty, come in at under $150,000, and offer plenty of play value.

“We want kids to be able to push, pull, climb, balance, explore, slide, spin and have fun,” Hite said. “We received 13 proposals with schematics. We have narrowed it down to five that we want the community to vote on.”

There are two ways to vote: Go online to www.FACplayground.edmondswa.gov and select your favorite; or visit the Frances Anderson Center, pick up a sticker at the front desk and place it on your favorite playground.

Voting is open through Wednesday, Feb. 28.

“Please vote, have your kids vote and ask your neighbor to vote,” Hite said. “But please, just one vote per person.”


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