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2 Amherst playgrounds to see upgrades

Two Amherst playgrounds will get improvements this year , but some volunteer muscle will be needed to make it happen.

New playground equipment valued at $180,000 will be purchased for Billy Wilson Park on Hopkins Road. The equipment should be ready to use by June, said Mary-Diana Pouli, executive director of the town's Youth and Recreation Department.

"It's going to be installed by members of the community," she said. "In the community-build we're going to need at least 100 volunteers."

A call for volunteers will be issued next month, she said, noting that the volunteers will save the town $75,000 in installation costs.

The town also set a bid date for the safety surfacing for that park.

"It's going to be the state-of-the-art rubber," Pouli said. "It's not like crumb rubber or anything that's in turf. It's a solid rubber surfacing, which is accessible to folks in wheelchairs and also very low maintenance."

The Town Board also has awarded a contract to Scott Lawn Yard for $67,400 to install new playground equipment and the safety surface at ECO Park in Eggertsville.

"That is the last piece we need for that," Pouli said. "The equipment was approved a while ago."

 

 

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