Aurora -- Using a residents' online poll as a guide, the city's parks and recreation department selected two new pieces of playground equipment for Liz Strahan Park in the Geauga Lake neighborhood.

The city will install an Inclined Web Crawler spider net and a Skyrunner hanging spinner pole.

The items were selected after 36 residents responded to an online poll in the spring that asked them to pick two out of six possible pieces of playground equipment, according to Parks-Rec Director Jim Kraus.

The city budgeted $12,500 for the equipment, Kraus said, and the two items cost $8,456 combined. He said some of the remaining money will be used for mulch to be placed around the new equipment.

"We felt that conducting the survey online would minimize mailing costs and provide an easier way for residents to respond," Kraus said. "The online website compiled the data which eliminated the need for further data entry and also tabulated results.

"[In the spring], a flier was printed showing each piece of equipment and asking residents to go to the parks and recreation website to find the link to the survey. Fliers were also distributed to households with children in the Geauga Lake neighborhood by Councilman Jim Vaca."

Kraus said parks and rec department employees are planning to install the equipment this week.

For the hanging spinner pole, he said workers will have to dig a hole and go down about 3 ½ feet to install it. For the other spider net, five holes will have to be put in the ground to install it.

The four items not selected were tree climbers, honeycomb, dragonfly and turtle spinner.

Liz Strahan Park was named after the deceased long-time community volunteer. The park, located at 975 California St., encompasses 1 1/2 acres. It has playground structures, two small picnic pavilions, picnic tables and grills.


Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4187


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