Mayor Joseph Solomon announced Wednesday afternoon that bids will be solicited this winter in preparation for extensive upgrades to the playground at Salter Grove Memorial Park, located off Narragansett Parkway.
The project will be funded through a $100,000 Rhode Island Department of Recreation Grant. The Rhode Island Foundation has also awarded a grant to the Friends of Salter Grove (FOSG) to design and fabricate new benches. City workers will provide the required grant match with in-kind labor, to include all site clearing, grading and finish site work, Solomon said. The play structure and other site furnishings will be installed by the supplier.
“The improvements at Salter Grove will ensure that our children have a safe, fun place to play,” Solomon said. “A community is only as strong as its neighborhoods, and a modern, attractive new playground will be a terrific enhancement in that area. This project is just one of several that will be underway in the coming months as we work to make sorely needed improvements to playgrounds and recreational facilities throughout Warwick. We are fortunate to have this generous grant funding – and the hard work of our talented municipal employees – to make these improvements a reality.”
The project will include removal of the existing, dilapidated playground structure, and the installation of four new swings as well as a new structure consisting of a large net climber, slide, pod steppers and other components.
Significant safety and accessibility improvements will also be made and include a path to accommodate wheelchair access to the play area, as well as a dedicated handicapped parking space along the entry road. Safety surfacing will be installed under all elevated play components.
General landscape enhancements, new tables and other site furnishings are also planned for the playground. FOSG is working on the design and fabrication of the custom curvilinear benches paid for by the RI Foundation grant, the Mayor said.
Solomon said the bids that will be solicited this winter are relative to the play structure, site furnishings and limited installation work. Work is slated to begin in April, with an anticipated completion date of July 2019.
To view a conceptual plan 3D visualization, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=esUHpLPXgSo&feature=youtu.be.