New playground equipment could entertain parents as well as children

Published 3:41 pm Thursday, December 27, 2012

A new piece of equipment will be installed at Clanton City Park’s playground soon, an upgrade that could be good news for parents as well as children.

Clanton’s City Council accepted a $20,000 grant through the state health department for the equipment at its meeting on Dec. 10.

The project to install the equipment is expected to come with a price tag slightly higher than the amount of the grant. The difference will be covered by funds raised by a committee tasked with improving the playground.

The committee’s effort resulted in equipment being installed and an entrance to the park being constructed earlier this year. The entrance included an archway and personalized bricks leading into the playground.

Clanton Mayor Billy Joe Driver said the current project to purchase and install a rock climber would exhaust the funds raised by the committee.

The rock climber will be ordered from J.A. Dawson & Company in Pelham. Once the order is placed, Driver said the equipment could be delivered and installed within two weeks.

“We want to make sure that we’re going to get the money,” Driver said.

The rock climber will include an exercise stand that can be used by adults while supervising their children, giving them an active option at the playground.

Driver said he thinks the new piece of equipment will add to the playground, which has become an asset for the city.

“They come from everywhere to play on it,” he said. “Weather permitting, there’s somebody there just about all the time.”