October 21, 2021

Homer park to get new playground equipment

Shenandoah Briere/contributing photographer

The Homer Village Board will have a public hearing tonight on using Community Development Block Grant funding to purchase new park equipment at Newton Park.

Hannah Potter doesn’t use a car, so having places in the village of Homer that are easy to walk to are a must for her and her two children.

When she took her kids to Newton Park she was less than impressed by what the kids had to play on.

“We have all these great places, a food mart, a bakery and a pub, but the thing we’re lacking is a good community playground,” she said.

A public hearing tonight will accept comment on spending $24,584 from a Community Development Block Grant to buy playground equipment for the park at 21 Bartlett Ave, which residents are invited to help assemble.

Potter said she will likely attend the meeting.

If you go

What: Homer Village Meeting
When: 6 p.m. today
Where: Senior Center, 31 N. Main St.
To discuss: New playground equipment for Newton Park

The idea for new equipment came after Potter sought help from Mayor Darren “Hal” McCabe to fix up the park on social media after taking her 4-year-old son to the park to play, where she said the swings weren’t the greatest.

“Newton Park is in walking distance, but it isn’t fun,” said Potter, who chooses not to have a car because the village is accomodating. “It was just really kind of disappointing.”

The park has also become a hub for children during the school year because they cannot use the playground at Homer Elementary School when it’s in session.

McCabe said the new jungle gym is being decided based on a poll residents were able to vote in.

“Rather than just us dictating what we would do, we welcomed them all in to help us select the equipment, narrowed it down to a few choices, and put them on Facebook for people to vote on,” McCabe said Tuesday.

The additions would include two swings compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, such as ones where the child and parent both sit on the swing facing each other.

This spring, residents will be invited to prepare the park for the new playground and help with assemble the equipment, McCabe said. He also said a split-rail fence will be added around the site to help prevent kids from going into the road.

“It is exciting to have the community participation, that makes it even more fun for all of us,” McCabe said.