City to replace playground equipment

SAN MARCOS — Aging playground equipment at three San Marcos parks is coming down to make way for new structures, city officials recently announced.

The city will be replacing the playground equipment at Lakeview, Jack’s Pond and Knob Hill parks between Oct. 18 and Nov. 24, beginning with Lakeview, which should be completed by Nov. 4.

Jack’s Pond Park replacement starts Nov. 1 and will be completed Nov. 17. Knob Hill Park’s will start Nov. 6 and end Nov. 24.

The playgrounds will be closed during the respective time periods.

“While these short-term closures may be a temporary inconvenience, the new play equipment will ensure San Marcos residents have a safe and fun space to recreate,” city spokeswoman Sarah Macdonald said.

San Marcos is paying for the new playground equipment — which will cost a total of $235,000 — out of an infrastructure and rehabilitation fund within the general fund, money the city sets aside for infrastructure repairs, improvements and replacements.

The City Council approved the equipment during the most recent budget discussions earlier this year. Work at each park affected will include demolition of existing equipment, installation of new playground equipment and resurfacing of play spaces.

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