Midland TX.  City Council approved the purchase of playground equipment for three parks in June, however it surprised one council member to learn that it could be more than two years before citizens were able to use all of it.  Jerry Morales, councilman at-large said, “I think we all assumed they would be put in within a six-month period, so it was shocking to hear that three sets of playgrounds will be sitting in the yard.”

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Scott Swigert, Manager of Parks and Recreation said by buying everything at once knowing some of it would sit, they were able to get a better price.  “It’s just a long process, but that’s one of the things that our department has done very diligently: to get the best bang for your buck,” Swigert said.  Total cost for the three projects is $300,00 which includes new play ground equipment, material for additional walking tracks, playground resurfacing, concrete work and other things.  It was purchased through certificate of obligation funds.

Courtney Sharp, City Manager however is looking into alternatives, hiring additional staff is still up for discussion, he said.  Doing the work in house will significantly cut their costs.  Once installed, the equipment will be added as part of the renovation projects at Taylor, Halff and Ratliff parks.  “There’s no reason to have equipment sitting over there…and not being utilized,” Morales said.  “One of the benefits of living in Midland is hopefully to have good quality parks.”

So keep your eyes peeled for these beautiful amenities that uplift our city’s community feel.

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