Swing set installed in Wilmington park

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WILMINGTON >> Buzzy Towne Park is slowly coming along, says Town Manager Scott Murphy.

"We have just installed a new swing set to complement the other improvements there," he said Tuesday. "We have installed it in the highest location and added the required woodchips to help prevent damage from flooding. In the past, the town has put in swings, slides, and other playground equipment but they have all washed away. We hope this survives as this is a difficult area and prone to spring floods as well as high-water events."

The project has been in the works for awhile, according to Murphy. A group of young mothers had banded together, wanting swings for their kids to play on.

Local parent and Twin Valley Elementary School teacher Kristin Trudeau brought their research to Murphy with an affordable option.

"We're adding onto the park piece by piece. It's growing and it's looking good," said Murphy. "It's coming along. It takes time. One step at a time. But things are looking good."

Other plans have been discussed. One idea involves installing slides for younger children to use.

The suggestion of a barbecue cook area also came up.

"But I'm not sure we'll go that route," said Murphy. "It might cause problems with people leaving things hot."

A group of local kids had approached the Select Board in June 2015. They raised issues after seeing needles, fights and litter in the park.

Asked whether he thought the town had answered some of their concerns, Murphy said, "Absolutely."

"There's no doubt about it. There's kids playing basketball down there all the time now," he added.

The courts were repaved along with a walkway leading to them. Four baskets and a Porta Potty were added. Streetlights were angled in a way to light up the court. And overgrown weeds have been cut down.

The town's Highway Department was responsible for the work.

"They did a great job," said Murphy.

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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