New play area, chosen with neighborhood input, now open at Mathay Ballinger Park
A park in Southeast Edmonds now has a new play area, complete with ADA-compliant ramps and a swing for those with disabilities.
The equipment at Mathay Ballinger Park, located at 24100 78th Pl. W., “was almost 20 years old, and definitely needed to be replaced,” said Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Carrie Hite. “We took the opportunity to re-grade some of the area, expand it, add ADA ramps into the play area, and included an ADA yellow swing, similar to the one recently installed at Haines Wharf and Hickman parks.”
Next year, the city plans to expand the path around the park and connect it to the new Interurban trail spur that runs to Mathay Ballinger from 76th Avenue West.
According to Hite, this is the first playground replacement project in which the city sought the input of neighbors and other park users on what type of play equipment to include. “We sought out five designs then posted them at the Frances Anderson Center. We also mailed out postcards to those neighbors who live around Mathay Ballinger, and asked them to go online and vote for their favorite design,” she said. The final design was selected from Sitelines, Inc. which represents GameTime playground equipment.
A majority of the parks grading was completed by the city’s own Parks and Facilities crew. “They worked hard, and it truly was a team effort,” Hite said. “I want to thank them for going the extra mile to help us improve this play area for the community.” Hite also offered her thanks to the community for weighing in on the playground design, and invites everyone “to go enjoy the new playground.”