This project involves replacing, upgrading and augmenting playground equipment in Township parks.
Lower Merion Township has 26 playgrounds, equipment is separated and provided for children between 2 – 5 years of age and 5 – 12 years of age. Department’s Capital Improvement Program will renovate playgrounds as funds become available. Renovation will include anything; from removing and replacing multi-event play apparatus to adding or replacing single events such as spinners or spring rockers.
The criteria for evaluating a playground includes:
- Playgrounds or equipment that has aged beyond the point where replacement parts can be ordered;
- Equipment that has been removed because of vandalism or wear that could affect safety;
- Drainage issues that impact the playground’s safety and function.
The priorities will be determined by the Department of Parks & Recreation through playground inspections conducted by a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) based on the safety and condition of the playground, the level of use, compliance with codes, changes in playground safety standards and availability of equipment to meet the needs of children ages 2 to 12. Once the framework, priorities and budget are established, meetings will be scheduled with the community to obtain input for what they would like to see within their playground.