Missouri Department of Natural Resources awards grant to Raymore Parks & Recreation
RAYMORE, MO - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded Raymore Parks & Recreation a $28,000 grant through the Playground Scrap Tire Surface Material program. The grant pays for materials for a poured-in-place rubber surfacing made from recycled tires for the Memorial Park playground renovation project.
Raymore Parks & Recreation Director Nathan Musteen applied for the grant in May with the support and endorsement of the Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District, as the project supports the district’s efforts to raise awareness about recycling and buying recycled-content products.
“We are thrilled and grateful to receive this grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources so that the entire playground will have a soft and safe surface for children to play on,” Musteen said. “It’s not only more accessible, but hundreds of tires are diverted from the landfill to be recycled into this great material for us to use.”
The rubber surfacing will cover the entire play surface of the playground located on the west end of Memorial Park when it undergoes a much needed upgrade. The smooth rubber surfacing will offer more accessibility to visitors with special needs and those using mobility devices.
Currently, the Memorial Park playground surfacing is a mixed surface of wood mulch and poured in place rubber surfacing that was awarded to Raymore Parks & Recreation as part of this same Playground Scrap Tire Surface Material Grant in the late 1990s.
The swings currently located at the playground are the only pieces of play equipment that will remain, and the other aging pieces of play equipment–some more than 25 years old–will be replaced with new equipment.
Parks and Recreation maintenance staff will begin preparing the site for construction the last week of August. Construction and installation of new equipment and surfacing will begin in September and should take between eight and 12 weeks to complete.
Memorial Park is located at 400 Park Lane and offers an arboretum, covered pavilion, restroom facilities, baseball fields, a sand volleyball court, paved walking trails and concessions during events.