Stow nearing SKiP playground fundraising goal

Krista S. Kano
Akron Beacon Journal

Fundraising for the new SKiP Playground in Stow is winding down, with about $390,000 committed as of April 22, city officials say.

The new pod-style playground is expected to cost around $600,000 and will be located in the Stow City Center. 

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Mayor John Pribonic and parks and recreation director Linda Nahrstedt have been leading the fundraising efforts and said that plans have been "very well received." 

Parks officials are also circling back to playground companies to receive an update on costs and to find if there are any "new and exciting" features that could be added to SKiP plan.

Within six weeks, Pribonic and Nahrstedt hope to have all funds confirmed, at which time City Council would have to provide their approval to go out to bid. 

Service director Nick Wren estimates design submissions would come in 30 days after council's approval. Once a bid package is chosen, and tweaked if necessary, the city would need to order and install the equipment. 

Wren previously estimated that if funds were in place by June 1, then construction would begin in the early fall. 

Reporter Krista S. Kano can be reached at 330-541-9416, or on Twitter @KristaKanoABJ.