Seligman works to create family outlets, wellness options

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

City to update playground equipment, repair skate park, plans walking trail

The city of Seligman is working on improving existing recreational outlets for families and youth, as well as creating new ones, to promote wellness and provide family-friendly recreation for its residents.

Originally installed in 2006, the city's skate park area behind city hall is in need of repair. The city is taking steps to purchase sheets of armor, a type of composite material used for skating areas and ramps, to make the skating surface smooth.

Cost for the armor material is $2,297.70.

The city is also looking at replacing aging playground equipment in the old city park located at Business 37 and Highway DD.

"We need to replace the spring riders in the park, which will cost $500 to $600 per piece," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk.

The city has also been discussing building a walking track with fitness stations in the park for residents to create wellness opportunities for families. Many residents drive to Gateway, Ark., which has the closest track. The city is still in the early stages of planning the track, but plans to move forward once pricing is determined.

"It is only marked at the moment, the aldermen want an overall price of everything needed," Nichols said.

Bid estimates collected so far to create the track and fitness equipment stations are at approximately $5,000. A camera system and additional lighting, which may be included later, would be an additional expense.

The city is also entertaining the idea of putting playground equipment in the center of the walking track for children to play on while their parents walk, which gives children something to do, and also helps parents keep a close watch.

"We need to start with the track and see what kind of use and feedback we receive first," Nichols said.

The motivation with all the activities are an effort by the city to provide recreational and wellness outlets for local families.

"The walking path would certainly promote wellness and provide a safe place for families to go," Nichols said.

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