AUBURN — Little tykes will finally be able to romp and rock about the community park with the township’s purchase of more age-appropriate playground equipment suitable for toddlers and younger.

Trustees approved the purchase of equipment for the expansion of the playground at the Auburn Community Park, 17484 Munn Road, during their regular meeting Monday night for a total of about $17,600 from BCI Burke Company, LLC, a Wisconsin-based playground company.

The purchase includes two animal rockers at $1,117 each and an SY-3001 playhouse at $6,966, with shipping at $750 and installation at $3,500 for a total of $13,440. Mulch and a 52-foot border to expand the playground territory equaled a combined total of $4,188.

The trustees discussed the expansion of the playground at the park during their May 17 meeting with equipment suitable for children 6-23 months old, noting they needed more equipment for toddlers and younger.

Trustee Patrick J. Cavanagh explained that the playground expansion is part of the township’s ongoing effort to improve upon the community park incrementally.

Trustee Chairman Mike Troyan said the township’s ongoing maintenance and improvements on the park are “working well,” as they hope to avoid running into needing to replace an entire playground at once as Bainbridge did with their new Kari’s PlayWorld at River Road Park, the completion for which they commended their neighboring township.

“We’re trying to do something every year,” Mr. Cavanagh explained. Last year, the township constructed their new park pavilion with the support of an OhioWorks grant. The park was completed in the fall and is now available for community use and rental.

“We were never going to borrow a million dollars and whip up a park,” Mr. Cavanagh said. “I think we’re doing this [in a way] as practical and sensible as we can.”

Sam joined the Times in 2019 and covers several communities and schools in the Chagrin Valley and Geauga County. She also oversees the features/community events and the website. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Kent State University.

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