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Finalize Badger Park Wheelchair Swing Site

Issue Date: May 22, 2019

Chances are good that the wheelchair swing donated by the Peshtigo Woman's Club will be installed and in use before long. At a special meeting at Badger Park on Tuesday, May 14, the City Council's Parks and Recreation Committee gave its final blessing to the location of the swing. The site will be accessible to both children in wheelchairs from within the Badger Boardwalk play area and adults in wheelchairs from the other side.

Schutte wanted to be sure the children in wheelchairs do not feel isolated from other kids, and Zahn stressed that the swing is intended for both children and adults. He noted that the local nursing homes are already planning to bring people to enjoy it.

Consensus of the committee was to locate the swing between the existing swings and the slide. Some fencing will be removed and a boardwalk will be installed from the rubber matting to the cement pad built for the swing. A bench will be moved for easier access. Wood chips will be placed in the remainder of the area.

Zahn noted contractor Ed Langer was to be there repairing vandalism done to the large pavilion and said he will talk to him about the cement pad for the handicapped swing as well.

Committee members present for the 2 p.m. meeting were Aldermen Michael Behnke, Jillian Schutte and Chair Brigitte Schmidt. Parks and Recreation Director David Zahn brought a wheelchair to be sure it can get through the access routes. Ther playground was filled with children having fun.

The committee reviewed condition of the 24-year-old Badger Boardwalk for maintenance needs, and Schmidt photographed areas of concern to be forwarded to Zahn.

There was discussion on the missing bouncy toy. A new toy would cost $35o, and a spring to fix the old one costs about $200. the committee directed Zahn to use his discretion as to repairing or replacing the toy at his discretion. The digger toy is being repaired by the city mechanic.

Zahn reported wood chis for Badger Boardwalk will be added at the end of June, and the peaked roofs on the play structures will e painted after the wood chips are laid. The entire Boardwalk is re-stained every other year, Zahn said.

Zahn said more quotes have come in for construction of the Fish Viewing Platform. General contractor bids were due Wednesday, May 15.

Several companies have expressed interest in providing the proposed security camera system, Zahn said. He is to give an update at the next committee meeting.

The ledge is being replaced on the pavilion. Doors for the park restrooms will arrive on Monday, June 10, but an installation date has not been set.

Summer boys and girls softball has started, with games three times a week. Zahn said the school is helping out with the ballfields whenever it can.

The college student summer employee is scheduled to start work on Monday, May 20, and the high school summer helpers should start about June 11, Zahn said, adding that spring is always busy, but life will get easier once the summer helpers are on the job.


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