Repairs in the works for new playground

TUPPER LAKE – The broken mushrooms at the newly constructed Flanders Little Logger Park will soon be fixed.

The village board discussed the status of several cracked and broken wooden mushrooms, which were recently installed in the park, during Monday night’s meeting.

Village Mayor Paul Maroun said he contacted the company that built the playground, Bears Nature Inspired Playgrounds, and was told they would fix the problem.

“They’re willing to either give us back our money, replace them or replace them with something in kind for no additional cost to us,” village Clerk Mary Casagrain said.

Maroun said the village wouldn’t replace the wooden mushrooms but would instead choose between a set of lily pad step toys or a set of hard, rubber mushroom step toys.

Casagrain said the village would likely pick the polka-dot mushrooms because they are more colorful.

The board also got an update on the 9-foot-high sledding hill.

Village Department of Public Works Superintendent Mike Sparks told the board the left side of the hill next to the slide is prepped and ready for sod. Village Trustee Rick Donah asked how long the sodding would take.

“On a high-traffic area, especially with it being so hilly, that should set for at least a month before you allow people on it,” Sparks said. “You don’t want to make it so they can’t get around to the slide.”

The board also discussed replacing the log stairs that go up to the slide with a more traditional kind of stairway.

Construction on Little Loggers Park began last August. The playground cost about $210,000, plus in-kind services from the village. It is part of a larger, $780,000 project to revitalize the waterfront, which includes the cost of the playground and $100,000 for new lights for the softball field.

Surveillance cameras were recently installed at the park. Police can move the pan-zoom-tilt cameras remotely. They are also motion sensitive, so the cameras can be programmed to automatically turn toward movement and zoom in, theoretically on a person’s face. A flat-screen television mounted in the police station enables officers to monitor the cameras 24/7.