LA VERGNE, Tenn. -- City officials have approved the purchase of playground for Lake Forest Park, the biggest subdivision in the state.
The park, which is situated in the middle of Lake Forest Estates, has sat empty for more than 20 years except for one lonely pavilion next to an old family cemetery.
Mayor Senna Mosley said she hopes that within the next several months, the park will be filled with the sounds of children laughing, families talking and children of all abilities playing now that the Board of Mayor and Alderman approved the $30,000 purchase.
The purchase is being made thanks in part to a grant from Fire Place Finish Inc. That amount, combined with a budgeted $50,000 for the current fiscal year, has allowed the city of La Vergne to move forward with buying playground equipment.
The downside, however, is that the purchase is for equipment only, and installation must be funded separately either through fundraising efforts or waiting another budget year, officials said.
“Our time was very limited in accepting the grant donation by Playworld and First Place Finish, and we just could not say ‘no’ to this equipment,” Mosley said. “We will have to store the equipment until we can raise money to actually build the playground. Once we put together the funding, we plan to do a community build for volunteers to help us put it together.”
The installation is expected to take four days.
The installation cost includes pouring concrete in 87 footers, payment for a certified installation engineer, benches for the park, and for surfacing.
The city will need to raise between $16,101 and $62,119 for the installation, depending on the type of surfacing that is installed, she said.
“We are concerned about going with an engineered wood fiber surface," Mosley said. "Although it is the lowest cost option, the surface is really not conducive to wheelchairs. We are reaching out to our business and industry leaders for help in finally giving the children of the Lake Forest community a place to play.”
Mosley said city officials hope to have enough funds raised to do the installation later this year.
"We look forward to our children finally having a fun playground that will inspire their imaginations and promote physical activity," she said.
To find out more information about donating funds for the playground, visit www.lavergnetn.gov or call 615-793-6295.