A New Playground Coming to Hunting Island this March!
Hunting Island will be welcoming a new playground come March!
The playground, a project spearheaded by Friends of Hunting Island, has been an idea for years, until it started to be developed last Fall. One of the main focuses of the project was to make sure the playground blended in with the scenery – a playground that was too commercial would clash with the natural beauty of Hunting Island.
Initially they thought about making the playground lighthouse-themed, to mimic the island’s iconic lighthouse. However, Randal Brown, Construction Director for Friends of Hunting Island, found a great compromise when coming up with a great alternative – a natural looking structure. A few months later, Brown and his team broke ground on a playground made of Cedar wood, coming from Bears Playgrounds in New York.
Not detail was overlooked – the wood chosen, Cedar, is known for its resiliency in our type of climate. Further the wood is splinter resistant and is estimated to only need power-washing and similar upkeep once every couple of years.
Brown credits the Lighthouse staff and team of volunteers from Friends of Hunting Island for bringing the project to fruition. “They’re really terrific people who volunteer,” Brown says. “They’ve gained a lot of skills in their lives and they’re ready to put them to use. They’re really good-hearted people.”
When asked about the excitement about the visitors who’ve seen the structure come up, Brown says the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Linda Miller, the marketing director for Friends of Hunting Island, too, is excited about the project being unveiled to the public.
“We are so excited to have this playground for the children of hunting island,” said Miller. “Our extraordinary volunteers of Friends of Hunting Island Look forward to bringing joy to all the wonderful families who visit.”