New playground equipment headed for 4 City parks

January 10, 2018

Sooner, Johnstone, Douglass & Robinwood to get make-over

Four City of Bartlesville-owned parks are about to get a much needed make-over, and Community Development Director Lisa Beeman is working diligently to make sure every detail is in place before the order is submitted.

“I’ve struggled with this playground project,” Beeman told the City Council last week. “It’s a big responsibility, picking out playground equipment for the community.”

The council approved a contract to purchase the new equipment for Sooner, Johnstone, Robinwood and Douglass parks through ACS Playground Adventures of Oklahoma City for $432,100. The cost is $400 below the budgeted cost of $432,500.

The recommendation came after hours of looking at equipment and color schemes, with Beeman and the Park Board considering hundreds of options.

“Lisa did a wonderful job,” said Ward 3 councilor Jim Curd. “For a week or so she had the whole conference room in a maze of pictures. Even at our meeting (Park Board) it took us three hours to get through it all.”

The equipment will serve ages 2-5 and 5-12 in Sooner and Johnstone parks, and ages 2-5 in Robinwood and Douglass parks.

Funding for the project will come from General Obligation Bond issues, approved by voters in 2014 and 2017.

It is anticipated the four playgrounds will be installed and ready for kid-testing in mid-May.

 Renderings show equipment planned for local parks. From top: Sooner Park, ages 5 through 12, Johnstone Park, ages 5 through 12, Douglass Park, ages 2-5 and Robwood Park, ages 2-5. Equipment is also planned for ages 2 through 5 for Sooner and Johnstone parks.