An effort to replace some of the playground equipment in Schiller Park is coming to fruition.

An effort to replace some of the playground equipment in Schiller Park is coming to fruition.

"It is dated equipment and there have been lots of advances in safety features, and that was what took our equipment to the top of the priority list," said Katharine Moore, chair of Friends of Schiller Park, which led the project.

Local officials, parents, grandparents and representatives of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department have been involved from the beginning of the process, which started five months ago, Moore said.

The next step is to seek approval by the German Village Commission, the local architectural review board.

The city will spend roughly $70,000 on the new equipment, which includes a large composite piece with slides and climbers, a teeter-totter and a free-standing crawl tube. Work is expected to be completed by mid-November, depending on the weather, said Terri Leist, assistant director of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

One large composite play piece and one toddler piece are being removed due to safety concerns and the age of the equipment, Leist said. However, some of the amenities will remain in place.

The project will include limited earthwork and installation of the new equipment. The discarded equipment will be recycled where possible.

Some corporate sponsorship has been provided by Builderscape, David Williams and Associates and GameTime.

Schiller is one of seven Columbus parks slated to receive the new equipment. The total cost for all projects is estimated at $375,000.

German Village residents Connie Swain and Janet Druen are credited with helping repair and improve the Schiller Park playground in the early 1980s.

"When we first started out, we painted the equipment ourselves," Swain said. "You wouldn't have recognized the park back then. It's gone through a wonderful major change."

Their work led to the formation of Friends of Schiller Park, established in 1982.

"The wonderful thing I see is the relationship that was formed long ago between Friends of Schiller and rec and parks," Swain said. "It just continues to flourish. It's worked so well."

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