"I was shocked myself that so much had already been taken down", says mayor michael kastl (CSU). Some equipment on the playground in jorgentorpark had to be removed for safety reasons and should actually be replaced quickly. But because a whole leisure park is now to be created, corresponding planning is necessary, which takes time. In times of corona, when many people don’t go on vacation, it is especially important to have attractive playgrounds, says the mayor. Now he has tested the swing combination together with his children mia, simon and marie.
In the last few years, the city has had several playgrounds in the city area renovated and also purchased new playground equipment. This was supposed to have happened in jorgentorpark, but first there were discussions in the old city council about the material of the play gates. So close to the old town, some councillors wanted wood rather than recycled plastic. During this discussion the idea came up to not only redesign the playground but to include the whole green belt along the city wall between the jorgentor and the skater place at the lache. This was also subsidized within the framework of the "stadtumbau west" program.
During an on-site meeting, michael kastl briefly explained to the city council members the necessity of purchasing an additional play set. "The only problem was that the manufacturers and distributors of the playground equipment have very long delivery times", he says. In times of corona they are obviously in great demand. Only the company westfalia, which has also equipped other playgrounds in the city, was able to deliver within six weeks. "It was important to me that the swing set be built during the vacations," says the mayor, says the mayor. At the beginning of last week the construction team of the city put the combination in place. It cost 6000 euros.
Until the entire playground is redesigned, the children will have one more playground and the construction team has set up a seating area right next to it. If that doesn’t fit into the new concept, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. "The swing can easily be taken down and put back up at another playground," he says, says the mayor.
He also has new news concerning the amusement park. "We have received the green light from the government for the framework study", he says. The office of the urban redevelopment officer simply lamprecht architekten has been commissioned with this task. First, a stocktaking is carried out. Michael kastl expects the burger investment to begin in november. What form this will take has yet to be clarified. "Now it’s time to find a way to get the citizens involved, despite corona." The possibilities offered by digital media are also being exploited.
It’s not yet clear exactly what the amusement park will look like. Michael kastl would like to see a water playground in any case. "There has to be something for young people and seniors, too." He stresses, however, that not every square meter between jorgentor and the skater park has to become a playground or playing field. There could also be flat ground between them.