Champaign Park Board OKs buying playground for Henry Michael Park

Champaign Park Board OKs buying playground for Henry Michael Park

CHAMPAIGN — The newest park on Champaign's south side is getting a playground.

Work begins this summer on a $22,758 basketball court on the southwest side of Henry Michael Park, located south of Curtis Road and east of Mattis Avenue, according to Champaign Park District Director of Planning Andrew Weiss.

On Wednesday night, the Champaign Park Board voted 5-0 to accept a bid from Downers Grove-based Play Illinois LLC to buy some playground equipment for the park for $37,378.

Park District Executive Director Joe DeLuce said the district will save money by having park staff install the equipment.

The new playground, which will be constructed on the park's east side, will include two separate play areas: one for children ages 2 to 5 and one for children ages 5 to 12.

The playground will have two structures, a shade canopy, two swing bays and a stand-alone component.

"Park district staff is going to install it this fall," DeLuce said.

In other business, the board approved a two-year agreement with Newberry's Leaders for Life Martial Arts to teach martial arts to special recreation participants through Aug. 31, 2020.

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