The existing playground at Mae Boyar Park was installed in 1988. It consists of a tot structure, preteen structure, swings, and tot spring animals. The 17-year-old structure does not meet either current Consumer Projects Safety of the Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Due to the structure's age, replacement parts are unavailable, resulting in several of the play elements having to be modified or abandoned.
The existing 5,000 sq. ft. playground is located between the park's recreation building and the tennis courts. Due to fall zone requirements, the playground will be relocated slightly to the north (approximately 30 feet), next to three existing picnic tables and surrounded by several mature trees. The upgraded 4,880 sq. ft. playground will consist of a tot structure, preteen structure, swings and tot spring animals.
As part of the project, one ash tree which is currently in a state of decline will be removed. Also as a part of the project, the existing playground will be irrigated, and turf and three trees added. Additionally, five trees will be added around the new playground structure.
(1) The proposed playground upgrades provide for the maintenance and minor improvement of an existing playground in a recreation area owned by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District.
(2) The proposed playground upgrades will provide playground equipment that meets current standard of public health and safety.
(3) The proposed playground upgrades will consist of the same elements as the existing playground structure: a tot structure, preteen structure, swings, and tot spring animals.
(4) The proposed playground upgrades involve negligible or no expansion of an existing use. The existing playground occupies 5,000 sq. ft., while the playground upgrades will occupy 4,880 sq. ft., and the playground structures consist of the same elements.
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