Playground Makeover: A New Bucky Boyle Playground is born

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Mayor Pawlowski, Cynthia Mota, and Allentown children cut the ribbon at the new Bucky Boyle Park.

Mayor Ed Pawlowski and City Councilwoman Cynthia Mota recently cut the ribbon to formally reopen a section of the Bucky Boyle Park playground that had been destroyed by a late 2009 arson fire with brand new equipment for young neighborhood children to enjoy in one of the most popular parks in the City.

The play structure is a Landscape Structures Custom Playshaper, designed for children ages 2 to 5 years.  It contains custom play panels that provide the imaginary theme of a “cityscape” that includes banks, recycling centers, a barber shop and school play panels.  The play structure design also protects children from direct sunlight exposure by providing a large 7’X7’ (49 square feet) poly roof and three smaller deck roofs.  The new rubber safety surface provides great handicap accessibility as well as a non-slip surface for active feet throughout every season.

“This equipment is fantastic for young children,” said Mayor Pawlowski.  “I’m sure they will get plenty of enjoyment out of it with their friends.  I am pleased to be able to restore equipment to this popular playground.”

Councilwoman Mota said, “Today is the not only the rebirth of Bucky Boyle Park, but the mission of providing a safe place for the citizens of our city to raise children and wholesome families is also being reborn. This is one of many projects where we plant seeds in our fertile city for our children to enjoy for years to come and beyond.  By investing in our children, we are investing in the future of our city.”

The Playshaper and rubber surface combined cost just more than $60,000 which was paid out of the city’s Risk Management Fund.

City Parks Department crews demolished the fire damaged equipment and installed the new equipment which matches the original design.  The safety surface was installed by a contractor.

The Bucky Boyle Playground is also home to a section specifically designed for older children and is also one of the city’s two spray parks.