Councilwoman Sanchez laid out plans for major improvements to Deni Playground at a community meeting on November 27th.
The project will completely rebuild the children’s play area at a cost of $345,000. Work will start this Spring and should be completed early in the Summer.
The meeting at St. Marks’s was very well attended with families who brought their children to see what was in the plan. In addition to Councilwoman Sanchez, State Representative-Elect Joe Hohenstein, and ward leader Dan Savage were present as well.
The improvements were welcomed by everyone but there were some questions about the use of the playground for the future. Accessibility and security were concerns with past experience of 4 wheelers getting onto the field and tearing it up. The children’s play area is always open but the field below is locked now and is closed annually between December and March.
Sanchez made a point that the Friends of Deni group is very important to the future of the playground. Friends groups work with City officials to plan and communicate neighborhood concerns. Future issues to be addressed are the tennis courts, bathrooms and improved lighting.
Slideshow from the meeting is below. It shows some renderings of what the plan is now.