Improvements planned for park playground

Published 5:09 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Expect the playground at Clanton City Park to become even more fun in the coming weeks.

Not only will a large new piece of equipment be installed, but an entrance to the park will be constructed, featuring an archway and personalized bricks leading into the playground.

“It’s got climbing rocks and slides–a little bit of everything,” Ann Baker with the park committee said about the new piece of equipment, which like the rest of the playground is handicap accessible.

Baker said $38,000 has been secured for the project.

A grant will account for at least $8,000, an amount the city of Clanton matched. The rest was raised by the park committee.

Committee members sold T-shirts at Walmart, and company matched the amount of money raised. Also, a Mayday event was held at the Grand Ole Pumpkin Patch and about $2,000 was raised.

The walkway leading into the playground will be made up of personalized bricks. The committee is again offering people the chance to have their names or a message placed on the walkway.

The bricks are available for $50 each. Those interested should contact Kim McKinney at 389-1252 or Lori Patterson at 389-5371.

Deadline to purchase bricks is March 1.

The project to improve the park has been ongoing for about six years, Baker said. Several years ago, a contest was held at Clanton Elementary School, as students were asked to come up with ideas for the name of the park.

The winner was Taylor Speaks and his name, “Gateway to Adventure.”

Baker said the project must be completed by June 1 in order to qualify for the grant.