20 years ago, the community of Huntington Woods banded together to create the jewel in our crown that is Burton Community Park. Our beautiful wooden structure used on a daily basis by nearly 600 Burton Elementary students throughout the school year, nearly 200 summer campers throughout the summer and countless other children from Huntington Woods and the surrounding communities. However, after twenty years the playground elements are deteriorating. To keep the park safe, numerous broken elements have been taken down. The sun has done its damage too, and splinters are a daily occurrence.
Our committee has been working for almost 3 years. We evaluated over 8 playground design companies before selecting M.C. Smith & Associates out of Grand Rapids. After presenting them with the feedback from the entire Burton student body and staff, M.C. Smith created several designs to meet our needs and budget. Our committee choose a plan that encompass the entire available play space and will allow for all kinds of play for children of all abilities.
A playground of this magnitude comes withe the price tag of $440,000. To put this price in perspective, in 1995, the wooden playground cost $250,000 and was built entirely by HW residents. The price tag for the current master plan includes the demolition, all elements, drainage, construction, and the even the landscaping.