Josephine County closes "unsafe" playground at Grants Pass park

Tom Pearce Park (JCP)

Josephine County Parks announced Friday that they are closing the playground at Tom Pearce Park due to safety concerns.

According to a statement, a park ranger trained for playground inspections deemed the park unsafe, as the wooden playground has deteriorated past its useful life.

Due to the deterioration, the Josephine County decided that it is not an option to keep the park open until a replacement can be installed.

There are currently no funds to replace the playground, but there will be fundraising efforts between the Josephine County Parks Department and the Josephine Parks and Recreation Foundation.

Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible donation to help fund a new playground can do so through the foundation’s PayPal account.

Josephine County says that a new playground can cost anywhere between $30,000 and $100,000 or more depending on the type of play structure and number of play activities.

The current playground was donated to “The Children of Josephine County” in March of 1990.

The parks department will hold future public meetings to gather feedback on what the community desires in a future playground at Tom Pearce Park.

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