Medina village officials say Gulf Street playground in rough shape

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 June 2023 at 5:52 pm

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MEDINA – The teeter-totter at Gulf Street Park and other playground equipment doesn’t get much use, village officials said.

Village Board members acknowledged at a recent board meeting that the equipment is old and the village’s insurance carrier expressed concerns about the equipment’s condition.

The village is waiting to see the design of a nine-hole disc golf course for Gulf Street Park, in a project funded by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and led locally by the Orleans County YMCA. That layout will determine if some of the playground equipment will be relocated at Gulf Street Park, or perhaps another park. The village may also declare some of the equipment surplus if it is deemed in too rough of shape.

The “spider” monkey bar is among the older playground apparatus at Gulf Street Park.

Jason Watts, the DPW superintendent, said he would like to see some of the equipment declared surplus, with the village looking for new playground equipment that is more condensed, with less of a footprint.

Mayor Sidari said the village may replace some of the playground at Gulf Street Park.

“Everything is open right now until we get the design of the golf course,” he said.

Another factor is the possibility of new playground equipment north of the canal at a former concrete plant. The state Canal Corp. is working on that project that be include a significant art installation.

The village is also considering playground equipment at the Lions Park by the canal near the lift bridge as part of a $4.5 million Forward New York grant. That grant will mostly go towards economic development and housing initiatives.