REDMOND, OR -- The Redmond Kiwanis Club is once again raising money for play equipment at Sam Johnson Park, six months after “Hope Playground” first opened to the public. Redmond Parks Division Manager Annie McVay says a fully accessible merry-go-round was part of the original design. "As we got into construction the project kind of grew and this one piece, we couldn’t fund it initially, so we intended to make this – we’re calling it phase 1.5, is to finish the merry go round and get that in place." She says there is already a space reserved.
But, the Kiwanis Club still doesn't have the money for the feature. "It’s actually a pretty expensive piece of equipment; it’s about $55,000. It ships from Germany. So, they’re looking at funding the whole thing and then the city would install it – pay for the installation costs of that," McVay tells KBND News. "It’s a pretty big price tag so we don’t have necessarily a deadline or a timeframe, we’re just hoping to see what we get."
This special merry-go-round, just like the rest of Hope Playground, is for kids of all ages and all abilities. "It’s flush to the ground, so it’ll be flush, centered set in the flooring itself, so there’s no lip and no curb. If you were in a wheelchair, you could roll directly onto it, or if you have other mobility issues, it’s really easy to get onto the merry-go-round. Then, it swirls in place."