By Tom Gresham
A new playground set should be installed at Lake Iroquois in time for the opening of the beach next year.
The playground will be suitable for children ages 2 to 12. The previous equipment was restricted to kids ages 6 and older.
Neil Boyden, Williston’s Public Works Director and Richmond’s representative on the Lake Iroquois Beach Committee, said the equipment change was simply meant to include more children.
“We’re getting a lot younger clientele there than 6 years old and we decided we needed to get the equipment to serve them,” Boyden said.
The new equipment will cost approximately $6,200 and be funded through a grant from the Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation Department, according to Boyden. The project is expected to go out to design bid this month. The new structure will only take a day or two to install, Boyden said.
The Williston Public Works Department attempted to sell the old playground, which was installed in 1991, but advertisements in the Observer seeking a “best offer” did not produce a buyer. Boyden said the size of the playground might have been an issue.
“It’s probably too big for a residence,” Boyden said.
Boyden said the beach association considered dismantling the playground and depositing it in a landfill, but “we thought it would be too bad to waste it.”
Instead, the playground equipment will be donated to Recycle North in Burlington. Boyden believes the organization will be able to find someone interested in the set.
“It’s not obsolete or anything,” Boyden said. “There’s no issue with it. It just did not provide the service we really needed to provide there.”