by: COURTESY OF CITY OF SHERWOOD - Here's an artist's rendering of what the new playground equipment in Murdock Park will look like. The structure includes a small rock-climbing wall (foreground, left). The city has approved purchasing an $119,948 playground structure to replace a deteriorating version at Murdock Park. On Oct. 1, the Sherwood City Council gave the go-ahead to buy the new playground equipment, which could be installed in late February or early March.

The city has had safety issues with the current structure in the past, Craig Sheldon, the city’s public works director, has said.

“The last eight years we put a lot of money into this structure,” Sheldon told the council.

The total price tag includes purchase and installation of the new equipment, demolition of the old equipment, a new playground border, surface material, staff time and contingency fund money.

Plans are for the city to pitch in $64,000 for the metal and plastic equipment, which includes a rock climbing structure and a swing set. Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Sherwood is giving the city a $50,000 grant towards the purchase of the equipment, $2,000 of which will go towards installation of the needed surfacing material. The remaining money comes from a parks contingency fund.

In August, the city hosted an open house along with the Sherwood Parks Board to determine what residents preferred among two equipment options. The winning entry (when money from the contingency fund is added in) is about $3,000 cheaper than the equipment that came in second, Sheldon said.

-- Ray Pitz

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