An open house will be held Saturday at Bath's Mossy Bank Park to show off some significant upgrades, including a new playground, fitness stations and new bathrooms.
An open house will be held Saturday at Bath’s Mossy Bank Park to show off some significant upgrades, including a new playground, fitness stations and new bathrooms.
The improvements to the park cost approximately $415,000, said Jeff Muller, public works superintendent for the Village of Bath, which owns the park. Two separate grants totaling $320,000 were received from the state’s Office of Parks and Recreation, and the village covered the rest, he added.
Planning began in December 2011, and work began in the spring of 2012. Most of the upgrades were completed by last November, and the finishing touches have been put on this spring, Muller said.
Village work crews handled the demolition of the old restrooms and did the site preparation, which included running electric lines for the new restrooms. Contractors then built the new facilities, which are handicapped-accessible and also include drinking fountains.
The crews did all the work on installing the new playground and the fitness stations.
The old playground consisted of just swings and slides, Muller said.
The new playground has a wide variety of slides, tubes, climbers for kids to play on, as well as other features including climbing walls and a scavenger hunt. A new swingset was built near the main playground.
The restrooms and playground badly needed to be replaced, Muller said.
“It’s a big improvement from what we had,” he said. “I’ve been here 36 years, and most of that equipment was here the day I came.”
The fitness stations, a new addition, are spaced at intervals along the short park road loop. There are five stations, each one focusing on a different muscle group. Each station has three exercise features and instructions for using them.
Anne Keddy, who chairs the Mossy Bank Park Committee that oversees the park and the Ted Markham Nature Center, called the projects “a real enhancement to the park.”
The restrooms are modern, nicer and more aesthetically pleasing, she said. The playground should attract more families, and the exercise stations are a unique way for people to get a fresh air workout, she added.
“We’ve gotten a wonderful response so far in the short time the park’s been open,” Keddy said.
Saturday’s open house will feature a live broadcast by WVIN beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. From 11:30-2 p.m., there will be food available for purchase in the large pavilion, and live music by Dave Peterson in the small pavilion.
At noon in Ted Markham Nature Center, there will be a program called “Protecting Our Bees,” presented by Peter Sieling. At 1 p.m., there Randy Weidner will lead a walk on the Mossy Bank trails down to an overlook with a bald eagle nest viewing area. The meeting place for the walk is outside the nature center.