Tallmadge -- Visitors of Lions Park will soon be able to enjoy improvements to the playground and tennis courts.
Last week city contractors removed the old swing sets. They replaced the equipment with two new swing sets today and created a wood chip "fall zone" around it and the existing dome-shaped jungle gym.
Within a month, the tennis courts will sport a renovated look after workers seal cracks and repaint and restripe the surface. A new fence will replace the previous one that was worn, which was removed last week.
"We did a walk around here a couple of months ago, and this park was deplorable and needed to be upgraded," Mayor Dave Kline said.
The cost to upgrade the playground is $17,000, and the tennis court renovation is about $40,000, he said. The money will come from the city's general fund.
"Most of [the improvements are] safety driven," he said. "Those swing sets were there 50 years ago. We needed to sink some money into this park. It's heavily used. It's a great park."
Over the past several years, portions of the park have been improved. The city has upgraded the playing surface on the ball field and installed bocce ball courts, and a joint project between the city and the Tallmadge Rotary Club made new restrooms possible.
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