WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Mt. Airy Park in Waynesboro is getting some significant upgrades.
The borough of Waynesboro has budgeted about $30,000 for renovations of the park, Borough Manager Jason Stains said.
Borough maintenance workers broke ground last week to expand the basketball court and since have placed the frame for the swings and removed some features that have been sent to Tom Shockey Collision for repainting.
“We took the pieces in about two weeks ago and sent them out to be sandblasted and are painting them now. The merry-go-round will be red, white and blue, and the other spring toys will be multiple colors,” Shockey said.
Installation of the playground spring toys and merry-go-round are estimated to be completed within the next two weeks.
Additional upgrades to Mt. Airy Park include a full-size basketball court, changing the slide, adding fencing around the playground and three bays of swings.
“We have been very fortunate to receive a number of grants through the state to fund this project,” Stains said.
There currently are no swings or fencing at the park, which is off Mt. Airy Avenue between Hawbaker and Northfield avenues above Waynesboro Hospital. Half of a basketball court exists, as well as some worn playground equipment.
“This park has been overlooked over the years and is past due for upgrading. We are looking forward to rejuvenating this park,” Stains said. “Some of the neighbors made recommendations and we took those into consideration and acted on them and decided to make the basketball court a full-size court.”
One bay of swings will have two expression swings that are designed to allow an adult and a child to swing together while facing each other.
“We have an expression swing at Memorial Park, and it was a big hit,” Stains said.
The upgrades at Mt. Airy Park originally were scheduled to be completed in June, but were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The upgrades follow in the footsteps of Memorial Park in Waynesboro, which received new restroom facilities, a pickleball court, and the resurfacing of the tennis and basketball courts.
“There are a lot of children that live in close proximity to the park and we hope this gives them the opportunity to get out and take advantage of the amenities,” Stains said. “We hope they will become good stewards of the park and help us keep it nice for everyone to enjoy.”
An estimated completion date has yet to be announced.