Attention, kiddies: The orange fence comes down Aug. 13! The Planet can't promise that the nice pile of dirt will still be available, but the Jenkins Park Playground is back in biz as of Aug. 13.
Come gather around, children, and The Planet will tell you some wonderful news! You know that playground in Jenkins Park you've been yearning to play in all summer, but couldn’t? Because the city had closed it down for renovations and there was an orange plastic fence around it and bulldozers pushing dirt around inside it? Well, kids, Trenton Mayor Alex Case announced Thursday that the playground will reopen on Aug. 13.
What's that you say, Johnny? That school starts back up again two days before that, on Aug. 11? Sorry, kid, you win some, you lose some …
"I know it's been a long time coming," said the mayor, addressing the Dade County Commission at its regular August meeting Thursday night.
In fact, Trenton Parks and Recreation Commissioner Terry Powell announced at the city commission's May 9 meeting that the playground had already been closed, and so it has remained throughout the summer as youngsters frolicking at the city pool eyed it wistfully from across the street. The cause for the closure was $240,000 worth of modern new play equipment the city had bought to refurbish the facility. City personnel needed time to move the old stuff out of the way and install the new pieces.
Officials had hoped to have the playground open again much earlier but additional work was required to get the grounds back in shape after the depredations of the earth-moving machines.
Mayor Case intimated the new play things are worth the wait, with handicapped-accessible swings and recreational pieces that can be rolled up to by wheelchair.
And here's some more good news for the swingset set: Free hotdogs. The city is staging a grand reopening and ribbon cutting on the 13th, and local merchants have donated food and beverages.
Festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, and the free dogs, along with chips, popcorn and beverages, will be on tap from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Furthermore, the city has procured one boy's and one girl's bicycle to be given away to two lucky young people in a drawing.
Mayor Case hopes that all will turn out for the reopening.