By Beth Dodd
A new playground will be built this summer at Victor’s kiddie park thanks to a generous GOCO grant, the Cripple Creek & Victor Mine, and the City of Victor.
Local children participated in planning the rehabilitation of Washington Park on Second Street, the only public playground in Victor. The next closest play equipment is five miles away in Cripple Creek. There are roughly thirty to forty elementary school age children in Victor and Goldfield, plus their older and younger siblings. Eleven kids ages 6 to 12 met with an architect to share their ideas at a recent public meeting.
Although decisions about the specific design of the park are not yet final, the new playground will probably have a rustic mining theme. On the wish list are shade shelters for picnicking, a new retaining wall, new fencing, better handicap access, and most important from the kids’ point of view – new playground equipment. The play equipment being considered includes a climbing wall, a zip line, and the classic slides and swings. The hard concrete surface of the play area will be replaced with a safer substrate.
The price tag for the park’s facelift is roughly $270,000, which will pay for the architectural engineering, construction, and other associated costs. A GOCO grant will pay the lion’s share of the bill with a contribution of $189,000. The Cripple Creek &Victor Mine is donating $50,000. The City of Victor will spend $31,500.
The playground project is the result of the Victor Park & Recreation Master plan, which was drafted after extensive citizen input in May 2012. Two other park projects have already been completed. The Gold Bowl was rehabilitated in 2013, and Bryan’s Park Ice Arena was rebuilt in 2014.
The Victor City Council will decide on the final plan for Washington Park in late March or early April. Then they will take bids so that the construction can begin some time this summer. City crews will do the demolition of the old playground. The new playground is expected to be a source of enjoyment for locals and visitors for many years to come.