Union Grove Elementary School made a generous donation to the Village of Union Grove. The school’s ADA-compliant playground equipment, which is currently being dismantled, is donated to the village.
The price of play equipment
Playground equipment can cost between $300,000 and $400,000, especially if it includes ADA-compliant parts. Union Grove Village President Steve Wicklund said that none of the Union Grove-area parks currently have ADA-compliant playground equipment. Thanks to the school’s generosity, the Union Grove community will be able to enjoy the school’s used playground equipment, which includes pieces that are accessible to people of varying abilities.
“It will be a source of pleasure for people with disabilities,” said Wicklund, acknowledging how beneficial this donation is to the village of Union Grove. Reinstalling the equipment will cost between $40,000 and $50,000 according to Wicklund. At this time, there is no location or timeline for the installation of playground equipment.
Union Grove Elementary School will receive new playground equipment that will be ready for use for the 2022-2023 school year. The Union Grove Ponies finished their last day of school on June 1 of this year.
“We’re just glad they thought of us,” Wicklund said of the school’s kind gesture.
Union Grove School District Facilities Director Scott Katterhagen helped move this process along. The idea of repurposing and repurposing gear was a conversation that started about 6 months ago.
Playground equipment is being removed from school grounds and will be moved to a storage facility at the Department of Public Works until the next step is determined. The 2022 Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP) will review the next steps and help determine the next course of action.
Wicklund is excited about the future of Union Grove Village Parks. He said the transformation “will give our children with disabilities the chance to play on the same playground; they don’t have to be separated.
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