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Play equipment updates considered as village develops its parks plan

By Dave Fidlin

Correspondent

Playground equipment at municipal-run parks within the Village of Waterford, such as Whitford and Ten Club parks, could be enhanced in the years ahead as part of a top-down review.

The Village Board’s Public Works Utilities Committee recently heard a presentation from John Hackbarth, an expert in planning and design. Hackbarth’s visit was in conjunction with a parks plan document that is being drafted at Village Hall.

During his brief presentation, Hackbarth discussed what the village might want to consider as new play structures are installed at parks throughout the community.

He recommended against most fencing around green spaces, except for baseball diamonds. The safety and durability of swing sets, slides and other types of equipment also entered into the discussion.

In terms of landscaping, Hackbarth said mulch material works well throughout parks because it assists with drainage.

“I believe in looking at everything from a long-term perspective,” Hackbarth said of his thought process when planning and designing green spaces.

Hackbarth attempted to bring committee members on board with his ideas, stating, “Parks are a great asset to the community.”

The committee was receptive to Hackbarth’s comments, but a cart-before-the-horse scenario entered the discussion during deliberations.

“I’m not sure we’re at the point to make any decisions,” said Trustee Stephen Denman, who serves on the committee.

“I think this is something we need to talk about a bit more.”

Director of Public Works Jeff Dolezal agreed, pointing out the parks plan remains a work in progress.

“I think we need to have that park plan solidified to help determine where we’re going to go,” Dolezal said.

The issue, and the possibility of using Hackbarth’s consulting services, is expected to be revisited at a future committee meeting.

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