Peabody mulls replacing playground equipment
Replacement of playground equipment in Peabody’s City Park is likely, as long as money for new equipment can be found.
City council members on Monday discussed a letter from EMC Insurance to public works superintendent Ronnie Harms recommending that several playground equipment items at City Park be removed.
Among them are three pony swings, a Mitchell merry-go-round built in 1926, gymnastic rings, a multi-axis swing, and two slides. EMC also recommended addition of cushioning around and below playground equipment.
N. M. Patton, board member for Central Kansas Community Foundation, told council members that several people had called about the condition of the equipment.
“We have really fought the insurance on it since back when you were mayor,” mayor Larry Larsen told Patton.
Patton said several groups in the community could donate to help purchase new equipment.
“Let’s get all these groups together, all these people who have been talking about it,” Patton said. “I went to the park committee and am thinking about going to groups and asking if they are willing to put some money in this.”
Larsen asked Patton whether it would be feasible to get the groups together to talk, then have a public meeting.