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City council approves purchase of new playground at Doris Davis Park in Victorville

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — The Victorville City Council approved the purchase and installation of new playground equipment at Doris Davies Park during last night’s council meeting.

After reviewing playground equipment throughout the City, it was determined that the tot-lot playground at Doris Davies Park would be the best fit for this grant opportunity. The playground equipment was installed in the early 1990s and though safe for use, it is lacking many modern amenities.

In August 2019, the Community Services Department applied for a matching funds grant known as the Statewide Healthy Play Initiative made available through the California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) in partnership with PlayCore/GameTime.

City staff was notified on September 12, 2019, that the Dories Davies tot-lot project was selected to receive the matching fund grant.

Under the proposed playground design, 50 percent of the cost of the base playset ($32,992) will be covered by the grant. The remaining balance of the base playset, the cost of any unattached features, installation, tax and freight (currently estimated at $93,109.87) will be covered by a matching donation from B.E.A.R.S.

The playground design is based on best practices aimed to promote physical fitness and fun through the use of outdoor play environments and creative playground learning activities.

It incorporates multiple play activities that serve as inclusive features with developmental benefits, such as adaptable and multi-user swings, seated spinning elements, and sensory areas.

It also incorporates shade structures, which are commonly requested by residents.

As a condition of the grant award, the project must be completed by March 13, 2020.

The City will remit payment for the nest cost of the playground equipment and installation to PlayCore/GameTime, and Benefit Everyone, Assist Recreation & Sports, (B.E.A.R.S.) will remit payment to the City for its donation in the same amount, up to $100,000.

(City of Victorville)
(City of Victorville)

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