Wright Park getting new playground

The city of Dunkirk is looking to put in a new playground down near Wright Park this year. On Wednesday the city announced at the Economic Development Committee meeting that they received a grant of just under $300,000 from the New York State Office of Parks, which the city is looking to put towards an all inclusive playground that all children can enjoy. 

The city of Dunkirk is looking to put in a new playground down near Wright Park this year. On Wednesday the city announced at the Economic Development Committee meeting that they received a grant of just under $300,000 from the New York State Office of Parks, which the city is looking to put towards an all inclusive playground that all children can enjoy. 

“There hasn’t been a playground down there for quite some time and that’s something that we hear from the community quite a bit,” Deputy Director of Planning and Development E.J. Hayes stated. “The project will be close to $400,000 with a majority of funding being used on an all inclusive playground that is pretty large and designed for all kids to play on, but also be interactive for young people with disabilities.”

Hayes added that it will also be accessible as well to seniors, or people who want to be able to go on the playground and do things with their children or grandchildren. The playground will be located on the open lot on Serval Street, which will better connect the beach and lake front with Wright Park.

Other things included in the grant spending will be connecting Wright Park with the bike and walking paths better, nature play areas along the creek with a potential footbridge going across to connect both sides of Wright Park and improving and upgrading existing bike paths already there.

An upgrade to the bathroom there was also discussed, but Second Ward Councilman Marty Bamonto would rather see the entire structure wiped out and a new one erected. 

“There’s holes in the roof, it’s caving in on the sides,” Bamonto said. “Upgrading now, you’d almost be spending what it would cost to just build a new one.”

Bamonto also mentioned dugout roofs, “we got kids playing down there now, it’s not just adults using it. Those are the only dugouts in the city that don’t have tops.”

As for the playground, the city will be going to contract shortly and hope to break ground by late spring.

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