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Perry looks at playground upgrades

A photo of Creekwood Park shown at Tuesday’s Perry City Council meeting shows the current playground at top as well as a proposed upgrade at the bottom.
A photo of Creekwood Park shown at Tuesday’s Perry City Council meeting shows the current playground at top as well as a proposed upgrade at the bottom. wcrenshaw@macon.com

Parents in Perry sometimes drive to Byron when their children want to go to a playground, and Kevin Dye wants to see that turned around.

Dye is Perry’s director of leisure services. At Tuesday’s City Council meeting he presented some photos of upgrades that could give the city what he called “destination playgrounds.” Those are playgrounds, he said, not just used by locals but that people from outside the city would use.

“Perry could be known as a destination playground community,” he said.

He showed proposed new playgrounds for the city’s large parks, which are Rozar Park, Creekwood Park and Calhoun Park. Those ranged in cost from $125,000 to $150,000 each. He also showed possible new playgrounds for smaller parks at lower costs.

Although the council did not vote on whether to go forward with the improvements, two council members expressed their support.

“I am excited about the possibility of our community doing this,” said Councilman Robert Jones.

Councilwoman Phyllis Bynum-Grand also expressed support.

“I’m just looking forward to all this coming to reality,” she said.

Wayne Crenshaw: 478-256-9725, @WayneCrenshaw1

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