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REDMOND, OR -- Redmond’s new fully accessible playground at Sam Johnson Park is very popular, often filled with kids, regardless of the weather. But, Parks Division Manager Annie McVay says Hope Playground will close for five days next week. "I think everyone will be disappointed, but I think everybody understands that we need to get in there and repair a few things – primarily the flooring. And the way it works is, if you walk on it at any part during that, it’ll impact the way it cures."


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She tells KBND News cracks were expected, given the flooring material was installed in the fall. "For the product to cure best, it’s best not to have big temperature swings. But, this being Central Oregon, we were up in the 80s during the day and almost freezing at night. So, they knew when they were pouring it, it wasn’t ideal conditions and there would be some extra cracking."


McVay says officials are still figuring out the maintenance needs of the playground's unique features. "We’re learning that if something has a moving part, it’s probably going to break. But, we’ve had really great experiences with everything out there. We’ve had some issues with the zipline, but we’re getting that dialed in and up and running more often."
Flooring repairs are covered by the warranty. The closure should be limited to Monday through Friday of next week, weather permitting.
Fundraising efforts continue to bring a merry-go-round to Hope Playground. A matching $24,000 donation has slashed the city's obligation in half. So far, a Go Fund Me page created by the Redmond Kiwanis Club has raised a little over $400. 


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