City to add inclusive playground at Deadman Park

The new, inclusive playground will be adjacent to the current playground in Fred Deadman Park.

Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed a resolution during the Nov. 5 board meeting to enter a contract with Gametime to purchase an inclusive playground for Fred Deadman Park. The equipment will cost $105,778.51, which is funded at no cost to the city through State of Tennessee Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grant and Park Partners. 

According to Manchester Parks and Recreation Director Bonnie Gamble, match portion of the grant is being paid by Park Partners.

 “The price is just for the equipment as we are using a national purchasing cooperative, Sourcewell, to buy the equipment,” she said.

She said the city is required by the state to bid out the installation labor.  That bid is planned for opening on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m.

The playground will be adjacent to the current playground in Fred Deadman Park. It will have a poured in place surface.

“This is important for the community to have an inclusive place where all children can play, regardless of their abilities,” Gamble said during Thursday’s meeting.

The resolution passed with all present members voting yes. Alderman Chris Elam was absent from the meeting.

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