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Firestone Park playgrounds open with new equipment

COLUMBIANA — With playgrounds across the state now officially reopening following orders from Gov. Mike DeWine, visitors to play areas at each of three pavilion buildings in the Harvey S. Firestone Recreational Park will spot new equipment, courtesy of the ongoing $3 million capital project to renovate the park by the Restoration and Beautification Committee of Columbiana.

New mulch and brand-new swing sets and seesaws have been installed at the playgrounds adjacent to the Maple Grove, Spruce Tunnel, and Oak Grove Pavilions, formerly Pavilions 1, 2 and 3, respectively.

Fundraising and private donations made possible the approximately $7,000 in improvements for better safety, accessibility and more attractive surroundings for the play areas, which are a popular feature for families and groups who rent the pavilions for special events.

Park officials are asking visitors to follow safety regulations when using the playgrounds, including staying home if sick, washing hands before and after usage and keeping a six-foot social distance from others when on or around the structures, as well as in the large wooden play area known as Funland which is also open now. Protocols for enhanced cleaning are in place for all of the playground areas, officials noted.

The renaming of the pavilions in the park is part of Phase 2 of the renovation project, which commenced at the close of Phase 1, when the transformation of Mirror Lake was completed and dedicated to the public in June 2019.

The new names represent the seasons — Mirror Lake for summer, Maple Grove for fall, Spruce Tunnel for winter and Oak Grove for spring, reflecting the grown trees around each building. New plantings representing each season will also be added as part of the landscaping around each pavilion.

For more information on the continuing restoration activities going on at Firestone Park, visit restorecolumbiana.com or Restore Columbiana on facebook.

— Submitted material

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