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Falls approves new playground at Kirby Park

Children in the Vermilion Hills section of Falls Township will have new playground equipment by year’s end.

The Falls Supervisors have approved the purchase of a new play unit with handicapped accessible ramp at Kirby Park.

Cost of the new play equipment is $99,921.18.

The company, MRC Inc., agreed to donate the playground installation.

If Falls had to pay for the installation, Parks and Recreation Director Brian Andrews estimated that the total cost would be roughly double the price of the equipment purchase alone.

Even though the labor will be undertaken at no cost, it would still be under full warranty, according to Brian.

The park’s current playground is 21-years-old, Brian said.

He’s undertaken a recent evaluation of the park systems and determined that many of the playgrounds are approaching the 15- to 20-year range.

By upgrading and replacing old equipment, Brian said the township will be making the playgrounds safer.

He hopes to upgrade one or two playgrounds per year.

“It’s going to be a constant upkeep,” Brian said.