The city of Powell will receive thousands of dollars worth of free playground equipment after winning a nationwide contest.

The city of Powell will receive thousands of dollars worth of free playground equipment after winning a nationwide contest.

BCI Burke Co., a commercial playground company, announced last month it had selected Powell to receive a new Nucleus/Intensity playground valued at more than $28,000. Photos and renderings of the playground show ladders, slides and other interactive equipment.

City spokeswoman Megan Canavan said parks department staffers discovered the contest in a trade publication. After sending the company a completed survey, the city was entered into the contest.

"Our parks and recreation department is always looking for grants or giveaways to enhance our parks," Canavan said.

Michael Phelan, president and CEO of BCI Burke, said in a statement his firm is happy to provide the equipment to "a deserving community."

"Playgrounds and parks play an important role in providing a space for families to be active, to gather and get much-needed time outdoors," he said.

Canavan said the city has not yet picked a location for the playground equipment. Burke officials have said the colors of the equipment will match its eventual surrounding.

Multiple residents have commented on the city of Powell's Facebook page to suggest the city install the new equipment at the planned Park at Seldom Seen. The park, planned for 23 acres northeast of Seldom Seen Road's intersection with Sawmill Parkway, will feature a mix of playgrounds, shelters and athletic fields.

City officials have said the park will be built in phases over the next several years.

Canavan said city officials will consider the park a candidate for the new equipment and encouraged residents to continue to provide feedback to the city through social media.

Powell is the second winner of the giveaway, which Burke has said will become an annual contest. Shallotte, North Carolina, won a playground set from the company in 2015.

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