What should Mountain View’s newest playground look like? Anchorage park planners are still seeking neighborhood input on plans for a new play area and other upgrades at William B. Lyons Park.
The project has been in the works for months. After Anchorage voters approved a public parks bond last year, Anchorage Parks and Recreation began the process of working with neighbors to develop and design the new play area. Park planners met with members of the Mountain View Community Council last fall. They formed an advisory committee, and gathered ideas and suggestions from kids at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club. They collecting feedback via an online survey, which will remain open through Jan. 31.
[Click here to take the survey]
Park Planner Taylor Keegan said the responses have run the gamut: People have asked for places to swing, climb, slide and bounce. Kids in the after-school program at the neighborhood Boys and Girls Club “overwhelmingly” requested a play area with places that are “cozy,” Keegan said.
What will that look like? The final design has yet to be determined. Neighbors will have a chance to discuss a proposed concept at a community council meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Mountain View Library, and a public hearing on the project is expected to take place in the spring, according to park planners.
If all goes according to plan, construction will begin this summer.
How about on old fashion slide, merry-go-round, jungle gym. Those shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, and community can install them in one weekend next summer. Big fun, big savings. And the property owners of the city won’t be stuck with a bill going into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.