City puts park ahead of beach

Canoe Beach’s playground may be “tired,” but it could be a while before it is replaced.

Canoe Beach’s playground may be “tired,” but it could be a while before it is replaced.

The playground was discussed at city council in response to a letter by Cheryl Swityk, who suggests the “sad and tired” equipment deserves some attention.

City parks supervisor Brad Ackerman said the playground is identified as requiring upgrading in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

“I’m not sure exactly what date… the playground was installed at Canoe Beach, but it is getting on in years. We do our best to maintain it given what we have there, but it is aging,  said Ackerman, noting the upgrade will be a future budgetary request.

Coun. Alan Harrison agreed the playground looks tired. He asked Ackerman for an update relating to upgrades for Canoe’s Jackson Park playground. Ackerman said there is funding available for playground equipment upgrades, and that the city is currently consulting with the community to see what equipment would meet the community’s needs. With the local school also upgrading its playground equipment, the city is also speaking with the school district so as to avoid putting in the same things.

Ackerman said the goal is to have the Jackson Park upgrades completed this fall.

“I think the Canoe beach playground is, of course important, but I think the… Canoe park is even more important,” said Harrison.