One of Simsbury’s most popular playgrounds is undergoing some much-needed repairs.
Rotary Park’s boundless playground, off Iron Horse Boulevard, is closed until at least the end of October while crews work on the improvements.
Gerry Toner, director of culture, parks and recreation for the town, said the bulk of the work consists of replacing the 15-year-old surfacing.
“It’s at the end of its life expectancy and is starting to fail in a number of areas, which becomes a safety factor,” Toner said.
The new surfacing will be rubberized, which Toner described as “conducive to all ages,” as well as wheelchair accessible.
Some of the playground equipment is due to be replaced and new fencing will be installed.
“Everything there is very popular, but over time it just gets worn down,” Toner said.
The project was budgeted in the 2017-18 fiscal year’s capital improvement plan at $298,000.
Toner said the repairs were scheduled for later in the year when the park tends to be less busy, to ensure minimal impact.
“Once it’s done, people will appreciate it and it will be back in business, so we’re looking forward to that,” Toner said.
All other town parks and playgrounds remain open while the repairs are being completed. Toner said the playground at Simsbury Farms seems to be getting some extra use. Geographically, Weatogue Park is the alternative in closest proximity to Rotary Park.
Toner said he is hopeful that the park will be ready to reopen around the end of the month.
The Simsbury-Granby Rotary Club completed the playground as a joint project in 2003.
The playground is on a half-acre and comprises two structures, one for children ages 2 to 5 and one for children ages 5 to 12. There is a ramp system that winds its way through the play structures to allow access for children using wheelchairs or walkers.