JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — Parks officials are closing down the venerable playground at Tom Pearce Park near Grants Pass due to safety concerns, according to a statement from County.
"The playground is made of wood and has deteriorated past its useful life," Josephine County Parks said.
A Park Ranger "trained for playground inspections" made to call on Thursday, deciding that the structure was unsafe after trying to repair a wooden platform that had fallen apart.
"The safety of the public, as well as children, is very important to the Josephine County Parks Department, which is why at this time it is not an option to keep it open until a replacement can be installed," officials said.
According to the County, there are no funds available to replace the Tom Pearce playground. The Parks Department will be teaming up with the Josephine County Parks and Recreation Foundation for fund-raising efforts. A new playground would cost between $30,000 and $100,000 or more, "depending on the type of play structure and number of play activities."
The now-condemned playground at Tom Pearce Park was donated to “The Children of Josephine County” in March 1990 by a coalition of local businesses and organizations.
Anyone interested in donating to help fund a new playground can do so through the Foundation’s PayPal account, which can be reached via their website. Park officials say that all donations are tax deductible.