Westmorland Park Playground Replacement
Coming in 2017!
This summer the City of Madison Parks Division will be updating our neighborhood playground to make it safer and more accessible. Updates you can expect to see:
- A new climbing structure to replace the current one
- New swings- 4 belt swings, 2 tot swings to replace the current swings
- A new path from the shelter to the playground that will be ADA compliant
- Wood chip surfacing
- A natural play area adjacent to the playground
- Play elements that will be kept and moved to new locations: dinosaur, spring teeter totter, ice cream stand
- Improved accessibility with better play options, including an accessible swing
- Merry-go-round and 2 spring rider toys will be removed and not replaced due to safety issues or serviceability.
Fundraising efforts for the new Westmorland Playground ended on February 28, 2017. The total dollar amount raised for the Playground after fees was $11,595! There were four main fundraising efforts:
-Direct Appeal through the WNA Annual Drive: $2195
-Brat & Beer Fundraiser at the Winter Play Day $754
-Online/Silent Auction in conjunction with the Wine & Cheese Party $3530
-Direct Donations from area businesses & residents $6479
THANK YOU to all of our generous neighbors for your support!
Special recognition goes out to some large direct donors including:
New Morning Nursery School
Our Lady Queen of Peace
The Tennant Family
Westmorland Neighborhood Association Board
We would also like to include a special thanks to those neighbors who went above and beyond with donations and by offering items or services for the auction!!
Amita Danak Rao
Jeremy & Molly McKinley
Emily Feinstein & Joe Kaufman
In addition to so many wonderful neighbors, there were several local businesses that donated to our cause by supplying items for our auction. Please help us in thanking them for their support.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Caroline Marie Photography
Cave of the Mounds
Douglas Art & Frame
Escape In Time
Fit 2 Eat
Fit Body Boot Camp
Food Fight Group
Gates & Brovi
Glass Nickel Pizza
Healing Hands Massage Therapy
Hilldale Property Management
Madison Children’s Museum
Michael’s Frozen Custard
Miller Real Estate Group; Jamie Miller
Monroe Street Arts
Orange Tree Imports
Pilates on Harrison
Pump it up
Salon Professional Academy
Ten Pin Alley
The Cat Cafe
While we did not reach our total goal of $15,000, the amount raised was enough to meet the three main objectives:
1) Enhance the playground with additional structures.
2) Create a natural play area.
3) Add accessible features.
We were able to purchase an extra piece of equipment, a large spinner, that the kids will enjoy. A new natural play area will also be designated and marked with 2 giant limbs and one large boulder for children of all ages to climb on and explore. We will continue to seek material donations of wood and stone to help fill in the natural play area. Finally, our new playground will have an accessible swing and ADA approved ground elements so all children can play.
Construction is planned for this summer and the playground will be closed for 4 weeks. The exact date for construction has not been confirmed as of press time. Check process, design, and timing updates at http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/projects/westmorland-park-playground-replacement-contract-2017-park-playground-improvements
A heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our wonderful neighbors for your generous donations and support of our new neighborhood playground!!
Sincerely, The Playground Committee
FAQs from Westmorland neighbor survey:
Q: Where can I get more information about the City’s Westmorland playground update:
Q: Why is the city removing the current playground and replacing it with a new one?
A: The city has conducted an audit of all the city playgrounds. They have created a score based on criteria measuring safety, age of equipment, and serviceability. Due to the audit score, Westmorland was determined to need new equipment for their playground.
Q: Can we keep the old swings and just re-paint the poles to save money?
A: These will be replaced as part of the city’s audit findings.
Q: Is there any equipment that can be saved?
A: Yes, the spring dinosaur, the ice cream stand and the spring teeter totter. These will remain as long as they are serviceable.
Q: Is the committee open to making the equipment free and accessible to everyone?
A: Yes, the committee is open to making the playground as accessible as possible and will be discussing this with the city designers.
Q: Why are we doing fundraising?:
A: This is our opportunity to enhance the park for the next 20-30 years and it will make Westmorland an even more desirable neighborhood. This is our chance to provide as much play opportunity as possible for the children in our neighborhood and community.
Q: What is the timeline for the new playground to be installed?
A: The playground will be installed in Summer of 2017 and will take approximately 3 weeks. A specific date has not been set yet.
Q: Can neighbors help with the playground build to save money?
A: Due to the bidding process for the construction, skills needed, andtime frame, a community build is not an option for this project.
Q: Are there any other ways I can help?
A: If you can personally donate or know someone who could donate logs or stones to our natural play area, please contact Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org