Renovated Barboursville Community Park Reopens
By Jayson Woods, OCPR Programs & Facilities Supervisor
Just as we were getting ready to “ spring forward ” into a new season, Orange County District 1 Supervisor, Mark Johnson, and Orange County Administrator, Ted Voorhees, participated in an inaugural “ swing forward ” to reopen the Barboursville Community Park playground on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. This moment of joy was a fitting cap to several months ’ worth of effort towards the goal, which began upon receipt of the approval to renovate the playground in Fiscal Year 2021 through the Orange County Capital Improvements Plan. After receiving approval to proceed, Parks and Recreation staff began seeking bids for the project, which would include the installation of new play equipment along with a modern playground border and playground certified wood carpet for the safety surfacing. Site Concepts/Miracle Recreation was
selected as the vendor due to their creative approach to maximize the use of the existing space with new elements (such as a spinning barrel rider) that had not been at the park before. With a plan in mind, the park was closed on October 19, 2020. A key element of the project was the removal of outdated fencing and equipment, the bulk of which took place during a single day in November 2020. Due in large measure to the support of the Central Virginia Regional Jail Workforce, Orange County Public Works staff, and the Orange County Landfill, Parks & Recreation was able to handle thousands of dollars ’ worth of demolition work without demolishing the project ‘ s budget. With the site prepared, Miracle Recreation and Cedar Creek Run Construction began the installation of new equipment and playground surfacing early in the new year. Throughout January and February, Parks & Recreation staff undertook renovations to the older equipment which remained at the playground, including pressure washing, repainting, resurfacing, planting grass seed, and more. A little TLC went a long way, and by mid - March, the playground was ready. We are proud of the result and look forward to this playground serving as a recreational resource in the community for years to come.
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