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April 19, 2013

Playground opening pegged for early June

HAMILTON — The new Patton Park playground is on its way.

Construction is expected to start next month and be completed by early June, according to Sean Timmons, the Hamilton-Wenham recreation director.

“That is our goal,” he said. “So weather permitting, hopefully we will get it done by then.”

The Friends of Patton Park raised more than $240,000 to buy and install the new equipment.

Bill Boardman, co-chairman of the group, said this is a needed upgrade that will make the park more of a destination for families.

“We view it as an investment right in the heart of the town, which is Patton Park,” he said. “It is going to be a very impressive playground.”

The old playground had broken swings and an unsafe slide, and the equipment did not meet the needs of the “large number of children of varying ages that use the park,” according to the group.

The new playground will feature two play areas, one for toddlers and another for kids up to 12 years old. All play equipment will be compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Besides installing new play equipment — which will be located where the old equipment was — the plan calls for improved landscaping, lighting and drainage, picnic tables, and benches.

“This is going to improve the playground 1,000 percent,” Timmons said. “We really think it is going to add to all the uses down there.”

With the weather getting warmer, both Boardman and Timmons said the work will be worth the wait.

“It will be something everyone will be proud of,” Timmons said.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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