It was just a year ago when the new playscape at Community Field was opened to the public, but the complex opened without a shade structure as the project ran short of money due to the unexpected amount to dispose of the many hundred tires used in the previous generation playscape. Therefore the playscape opened with a area left vacant for an addition of a shade structure to shield children, parents and grandparents from the direct sun of the summer and many a visitor looked for a cool, shady place to hide last summer but found none.
But now the playscape plans will finally be completed due to a donation from the Litchfield Garden Club. This generous gift to the community will pay for the purchase and installation of a shade structure as well as two anchored concrete ADA picnic tables to be housed within it at the playscape, so those thirsting for a shady place to rest while others play need to thirst no more!
“We at Litchfield Parks and Recreation are overwhelmed by the kindness of all the members of the Litchfield Garden Club. I know this final piece of the puzzle will be the perfect fit for all of the families who come here to play and relax! We really cannot thank them enough!” said Brent Hawkins, Litchfield Parks and Recreation Director. “But really, I think they are as happy as we are to be able to help out the community in this way!”
Creative Recreation, the firm which put in the playscape, hopes to have the materials and supplies for the shade structure within 4 weeks and will schedule the installation as soon as possible. This will bring to a close a project begun by Litchfield Parks and Recreation with the planning stages in the spring of 2007, followed by the selection of the plan and contractors, permits through Planning and Zoning, Wetlands, and the Historic District Commission.
Litchfield Parks & Recreation