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City manager recommends replacement of playground equipment at Courier Field

PLANT CITY The playground set at Courier Field, 703 N. Wheeler St., is showing its age and needs to be replaced, city officials say.

Repairs would cost about $27,000. The city could replace the equipment for $50,000 to $60,000.

Interim City Manager David Sollenberger said he favors replacement because repairs are so expensive. In the meantime, but wants the equipment removed from the park.

But he wants to run the idea past city commissioners first.

“Fixing it as far as I’m concerned is not an option,” he said.

City Recreation and Parks Department Executive Director Jack Holland said the equipment is about 15 years old. He said playground equipment usually lasts 15 to 20 years.

Holland said the playground isn’t dangerous, but it has a lot of wear and tear. “It’s showing its age,” he said.

Sollenberger said the city may try to organize a fundraising drive to pay for the new equipment.

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