New playground equipment being installed at Hood Park


 A second park project in less than six months is currently under way in Concordia.
In April, over 900 volunteers came together to construct Cloudville, the destination playground in the City Park.
 City of Concordia employees are now installing new playground equipment in Hood Park.
 The new equipment includes a main structure with three phases.
 There will be several pieces of equipment which expand off of the main structure.
 Included are three slides, a swing set,  a spinner, a fire engine, a fire pole, a bubble rider and more.
It is going pretty good right now,” Concordia public works director Ron Copple said, “We are hoping to maybe be done by the end of next week.”
The original plan was to move the old equipment from City Park to Hood Park after the construction of Cloudville.
 Copple said that some parents had requested that the old equipment be left at City Park.
It was then decided that the city would use money in a recreation fund to purchase new equipment for Hood Park.
The money in the fund comes from a liquor by the drink tax.
 Copple said the city receives approximately $24,000 per year from the tax. Half of that goes into the general fund and half goes into the recreation fund.
 There is currently $113,415.56 available in the recreation fund.
 “We have been saving it up for the last several years,” Copple said, “We came up with this money to use on this, and the commission approved it.”
 The total cost of the project is estimated at $56,664. That includes $45,564 for the equipment, $8,100 for mulch and an estimated $3,000 for concrete slabs, benches and a sidewalk.


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