The city has received a grant to replace playground equipment at Crescent Park.
Members of the Parks and Recreation Commission discussed the grant during Tuesday's meeting. Assistant City Manager Mary Ann Nau said the grant came from GameTime, a commercial playground manufacturing company.
Officials now must match the grant, Nau said, which came to $24,861. She said city representatives are working on securing $25,000 from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
That funding would provide for safety equipment, Nau said, as well as its installation. Such equipment includes transfer areas, she said, for the use of people in wheelchairs.
City Manager Jim Nelles asked if wood chips provided a surface option approved by the Americans with Disabilities Act. In order to comply, Nau said such material must use certified wood product.
According to Nelles, city officials have to be selective in choosing projects. He said they could not afford much.
"I hate it as much as you do," Nelles said. "We can only raise so much donation money."
To comply with regulations, Nau said municipalities must have one in three of their playgrounds meet ADA standards. City officials have done a lot to increase the accessibility at Beaty Park, she said.
Officials are developing a site plan for Crescent, Nau said, as Reeves foundation representatives requested the information. She said she would also like to see rehabilitated restroom facilities there which other grants could fund.
City officials must submit the application to the Reeves foundation in December, Nau said. During the new year, she said they will learn if they were successful.
Members planned to hold their next meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 7 in the first floor conference room of the Municipal Building.