A recent inspection of the the playground structure at EJ Roberts Park determined it had deteriorated to a point that it was unsafe for public use, forcing its removal from the popular park.
The City of North Bend said via press release that the play structure was originally scheduled to be replaced in 2020, however, it now hopes to expedite that replacement. Currently crews are also working to repair the park’s restrooms, which according to residents, have been closed for nearly a year due to electrical issues.
The city has begun evaluating various playground equipment replacement options, which will be presented during the July 26th and August 23rd Parks Commission meetings. The commission will then make a recommendation on the replacement play structure.
The city is proposing to fund the new structure in the 2018 budget, which means the park would only have two swings as play equipment for a few months.
North Bend Senior Planner Mike McCarty said based on the Parks Commission the play structure replacement recommendation, they will ask for funding from the city council in the 2018 budget. He said staff will prepare a decision card/funding request for the council’s consideration next fall when the new budget is being determined, but the council will have to balance this play structure need against other needs as it decides on next budget.
Citizens are welcome to attend the Parks Commission meetings where this topic will be discussed and provide input on the choices presented. The meetings are being held at 6:30PM at the City Hall Annex located at 126 E. 4th Street.