Borough officials say they will tear down the archaic playground equipment along Charles Street and replace it with plastic.

“We’ll get rid of more of the old metal equipment and add high-impact plastic,” Hooversville council President Kenneth Karashowsky said. “Safety is the main concern. We definitely need to upgrade.”

The $63,500 project will begin next year with a $40,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The borough, Hooversville Lions Club, Hooversville Community Club and VFW Post 7565 will fund the remaining $23,500.

The financial contributions from the civic groups are helping to keep Hooversville from diverting more money from the general fund budget, Karashowsky said.

“When people contribute to these civic groups, they’re getting something in return,” he said.

The playground for ages 2 to 12 will be handicapped-accessible, with ladders, slides and rocking toys, borough secretary Judy Shaffer said.

“We’d like to start on the new playground next spring but there is no guarantee,” she said.

The plan is to have the new kids playground open next summer, Karashowsky added.

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