The City of Brier is currently completing the first of two significant upgrades to Brier Park, 2903-228th St. S.W., as crews are installing new playground equipment at the site.
Old playground equipment is being replaced with colorful new slides, platforms and climbing apparatus with a nautical theme; the new equipment cost the city $90,000.
The city has had plans in the works since 2007 to make the current playground improvements. Then when the project finally got the go-ahead for this month, weather delayed it again. “We won’t have the playground done until after Christmas,” said Brier City Clerk Paula Swisher. “They had some delay issues because of the ground being frozen.”
The second change coming to Brier Park will be the installation of a new walking path, made possible by a $90,000 grant from the Verdant Health Commission. While the exact location of the trail hasn’t been determined yet, the city will be accepting bids on the project soon, with construction of the pathway to be completed sometime in 2014.
The improvements are the first significant additions to Brier Park since the construction and dedication of a skate park on the grounds in April 2009.
— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski