Playground Resurfacing at Countryside Park

Playground Resurfacing at Countryside Park
Posted on 10/18/2022
Two playgrounds in the RecPlex Countryside Park are now safer for children to play on thanks to a grant from the Montgomery County Solid Waste District Recycle Right Campaign. The $58,252 grant provided the revenue needed to install solid rubber surfaces made of recycled material. The cushioned surfaces are highly elastic to prevent injuries; require significantly less maintenance; are extremely durable and long-lasting; and meet safety and accessibility standards, allowing wheelchairs to maneuver easily across the surface.

“Safety and patron accessibility are top considerations at RecPlex,” says Mark Metzger, Recreation Director. “The rubber mulch originally installed over 10 years ago was no longer of the depth and thickness to cushion falls, and persons using wheelchairs could not access the playgrounds. The grant allowed us to correct those safety and accessibility issues while creating an aesthetically pleasing play environment.”

The 3,570 square foot playgrounds were created in memory of Yukta Garg, a six-year-old who tragically lost her life on her way home from summer camp at the RecPlex. The theme of the playgrounds was inspired by Yukta’s love of butterflies, with colorful sculptures and equipment mimicking their graceful flight. Construction of the butterfly gardens was aplayground community undertaking, with funds from Washington Township, the Yukta Garg Foundation, a Community Development Block Grant, private donations, and in-kind contributions. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the playgrounds located on the southeast end of the park by the A-Frame Shelter.