Children in the New Albany Links subdivision now will have a place to play.

Children in the New Albany Links subdivision now will have a place to play.

The village of New Albany is funding a play area, or "tot lot," at the development, off Sumption Drive.

The park, which unofficially is being called Sumption Park, will cost the village about $60,000 for play equipment, a fence and some landscaping.

A&M Outdoor Concepts designed and constructed the playground.

"This was something that council approved about a year ago," village administrator Joe Stefanov said. "The lower area of the Links does not have a community tot lot."

In the mid-1990s, the village council approved an ordinance to require housing developers to install play areas in each subdivision.

He said the village currently has eight tot lots.

Because the Links is one of the older housing developments in the village -- built eight or nine years ago -- the subdivision was not required to have a playground, Stefanov said.

Council member Chip Fellows, who lives in the subdivision and has led the construction, said crews started about three weeks ago on the play area. He said they still are waiting to install the fence and landscaping.

"We thought it was important for the Links to have an area for children to get together," Fellows said. "The nice part about it is, it is centrally located in the Links, and it is accessible right off the leisure trail."

He said he and his two children have been out at the partially completed play area a few times since the weather has improved.

"We will be using it, and many families here in the Links have taken advantage of it," he said.

At some point, Fellows said, the village aims to have a gazebo built near the tot lot.

Stefanov said the village would provide maintenance for the playground for about 10 years. After that, the subdivision's homeowners association would take over its care.

Fellows said the new playground adds a lot to the neighborhood.

"It certainly brings an area for families to meet and gather and for kids to play," he said. "It makes the Links more enjoyable."

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