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Input from children, parents sought on design for new Village of Hamburg playground

Whether it’s slides, swings or turrets, the Village of Hamburg wants to know what the most popular playground items are.

The large wooden playground in the Village of Hamburg will be coming down, but those who use it – children and their parents – will have a say on what the new playground will look like.

“What did you love about the wooden playground?” Recreation Director Josh Haeick said, adding, “We want to know what will be included in their dream playground.”

The community, including those who don’t live in Hamburg but have played at the structure on Prospect Avenue, can give its input during three design days: 6:30 p.m. April 16 at the Charlotte Avenue School gym, 6:30 p.m. April 21 at the Union-Pleasant Elementary gym on the Pleasant Avenue side, and 9 a.m. at the Youth Center, 200 Prospect Ave.

“As moms and dads bring their kids, we want to hear from them as well,” Haeick said.

The village had the 25-year-old wooden playground assessed by Playgrounds by Leathers, the Ithaca company that helped design and direct the community construction of it, and it would have been too expensive to renovate.

The playground, which has an entrance marked by brick pillars with wrought iron, was named in honor of Laura M. Burns, who was instrumental in its creation. Haeick said the entry way will remain with the new playground.

“No. 1, we love it,” Haeick said, adding that the two columns have the names of those who made donations to the wooden playground. “Also, Laura Burns’ name is on it.”

He said that organizers are hoping to make another entrance on the Highland Avenue side of the playground, as well.

At the design meetings, in addition to saying what they love about the old playground and their dream playground, children and adults also can pick their favorite play components.