Rubberized mulch planned at Pickerel Point
By Bert Lehman
The play areas at Pickerel Point Neighborhood Park are receiving a facelift this summer.
The wood mulch is currently being removed from one of the play areas and will be replaced with rubberized mulch. Justin Mc Auly, Parks and Recreation director for the city of Clintonville, said the work to that play area should be completed within two weeks. The wood mulch in the other play area in the playground is scheduled to be switched to rubberized mulch by the fall.
“My goal is to eventually get all of our playground equipment coated with the rubberized mulch which doesn’t decompose, doesn’t attract insects and it dries out a lot quicker after rainfall,” Mc Auly said.
He added that it is his goal to eventually make the conversion at other parks in the city after the Pickerel Point Neighborhood Park is completed.
“I think this park will be a good test and it will look nice,” Mc Auly said.
In addition to the rubberized mulch being added, turf will also be added to the center of the play area.
The rubberized mulch is more expensive, but Mc Auly said in the long run, it should save the city money.
Once the rubberized mulch is in place, only minor maintenance will be needed in the future.
“Eventually it’s going to save some money for my budget,” Mc Auly said. “It will look nice. We won’t have all that labor each year getting that semi load [of wood mulch] in and distributing it throughout the parks.”