By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
Taking advantage of a large discount, the Yukon City Council has bought a new “inclusive” playground at a popular city park.
Park & Play Structures of Oklahoma will upgrade the playground at Ranchwood Park, 200 Linda Lane.
The City of Yukon is paying the Choctaw company $174,945.09, a 50% sale price, since the equipment was purchased by Oct. 30. The cost includes delivery and installation.
Ranchwood Park’s current playground, in place since 2000, “has seen many hours of play and is in need of replacement,” according to City of Yukon grant writer Claudia Krshka.
“The park is home to hundreds of soccer players and their siblings, during soccer season,” Krshka told council members.
Krshka estimated it would take four weeks for the playground equipment to arrive before it can be installed; installation will depend on weather.
City of Yukon Public Works crews will remove the existing playground equipment.
LIKE … TOTALLY
Ranchwood Park is getting a 2,862 square foot inclusive playground for youth ages 2-12 years that will be twice as large as the existing playground.
The new playground will feature two separate structures for 2-5-year-old and 5-12-year-old children. It will have soccer-themed pour-in-place surfacing, shade structures and a sanitizing station.
Everyone will be able to “play together” in this “totally inclusive playground,” Krshka explained.
“Inclusive playgrounds are thoughtfully designed to provide a safe place where children of all abilities can play together and are developmentally appropriate for children with and without disabilities,” she said. “They also integrate all the senses and encourage social play.”
An inclusive playground has ramps that allow someone in a wheelchair or who has difficulty walking to “actually get up on the equipment and play” along with their able-bodied peers, Krshka added.
In other business at its Oct. 20th meeting, the city council approved:
- Paying $34,320 to the City of Oklahoma City for fiscal year 2021 as part of a radio usage agreement.
- Paying $11,624.25 to Brewer Construction Oklahoma for storm drain, driveway and street repair in the 100 block of Snowmass.
- Accepting warranty deeds and a temporary easement for the State Highway 4 road construction project.
- Adopting the 2020 Yukon Comprehensive Plan. Project director Mark Zitzow of Johnson & Associates previously presented the plan to Yukon city officials.