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Fall projects underway at county Athletic Complex

Thursday, October 6, 2011

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Fulton County employees (from left) Miguel Holding, Mike Smithson and Todd Lemon work to put a king-sized swing set frame together at the Athletic Complex, on Highway 9 North. The swings and other play equipment, seen in the photo, will be surrounded by a foot of rubberized mulch to make the playground "kid-safe."
"We want people to see we're still working, getting there a little at a time," said Karen Coffman, a member of the Fulton County Athletic Complex Committee.

Two fall projects are underway at the complex, which is located east of the hospital on Highway Nine North.

The week of Sept. 26, Fulton County employees began installing a children's playground at the park.

A large swing set, a Lady Bug ride, a Stand and Spin device and a kid-sized rock climbing wall were assembled and secured into the ground with concrete.

"Putting the swing set up has been an adventure," laughed county employee Todd Lemon, as he looked over the instruction booklet. "The frame is so tall, that getting the pieces together and secured takes some doing."

The playground is surrounded by a short wall and the playground surface will be covered with 12 inches of rubberized mulch, for increased safety.

The playground and picnic tables, grills and a basketball court, already in place, are paid for through state grants. The county pays its share of the projects by providing labor.

Stone and Bassham of Salem received a contract to carry out two other fall projects at the complex.

The company has poured a large concrete parking pad in the parking lot, which will be reserved for physically disabled visitors.

About 500 feet of sidewalk is also being poured from the parking lot, at the front of the property, to the four baseball fields to the south.

"That work will help us meet the state requirement that the athletic complex be accessible to the disabled," said Coffman.

Last spring, county workers finished constructing dugouts for the ball diamonds, and inmates from the Calico Rock corrections facility chopped out grass and weeds and removed rocks to carve out infields.

With fences and backstops surrounding all four fields, there is hope the fields will finally get some use next spring and summer, after about six years of work.

Athletic complex backers continue to seek grants and private contributions to complete work planned for phases to come.



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