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 Peasley Park in Huntington Woods has been the site of improvements this year. Officials also have expressed interest in improving Coolidge/Elgin and Reynolds parks.

Peasley Park in Huntington Woods has been the site of improvements this year. Officials also have expressed interest in improving Coolidge/Elgin and Reynolds parks.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Peasley Park improvements finished, other parks could follow in 2020

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published December 17, 2019

 Improvements at Peasley Park were completed at the end of November, according to the city of Huntington Woods. In addition to new play equipment, Peasley Park received a new walking path, picnic tables and benches.

Improvements at Peasley Park were completed at the end of November, according to the city of Huntington Woods. In addition to new play equipment, Peasley Park received a new walking path, picnic tables and benches.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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HUNTINGTON WOODS — In looking to improve the state of its parks, the city of Huntington Woods worked earlier this year to make changes at Peasley Park.

At the end of November, those improvements were completed and Peasley Park now has brand-new playground equipment, accessible parking, a walking path, picnic tables and benches. The park is located near Coolidge Highway, between Balfour and Winchester avenues.

City Manager Amy Sullivan estimated that the project cost $85,000 and that this will be it for improvements at Peasley.

“Half the park has been completely renovated, and the other half is open space that kids use for soccer and other types of outdoor games,” she said.

Out of all the changes and additions, Parks and Recreation Director Mary Gustafson said she was most excited to see the park get new playground equipment.

“It’s an all-natural play area that was specifically designed for that space, with climbing rocks and logs and steps and a soft surface hill, as well as a slide, some tunnels, other climbing spaces,” she said. “Again, it’s an all-natural area (and) keeping in mind children perhaps with cochlear implants. It’s a metal slide, so it does not have the static (electricity) of a plastic slide.”

Electrostatic discharges can cause cochlear implants to stop working.

The new playground also does something the park didn’t do before, said Gustafson, and that is serving younger children. Any child age 2 or older will be able to use the equipment.

“We didn’t service a play area for that age group,” she said. “The only thing we had was swings. So (the plan to upgrade the park) really was addressing the needs of the younger age group, as well as older, but really meeting the needs of the younger ones.”

Improving the parks in Huntington Woods has long been a topic of discussion in the city. After fixing up Peasley, other parks that could be worked on in 2020 are Coolidge/Elgin and Reynolds parks.

Sullivan said additions being looked at for Coolidge/Elgin Park include a new play space and bike rack, and for Reynolds, outdoor fitness equipment.

“We have the money approved for (Coolidge/Elgin) Park. The outdoor exercise equipment, we have asked the Men’s Club to make that an auction service project, and if that gets approved ... then we’ll have all the funding commitments to do that project in 2020.”

Gustafson said she is hopeful that Reynolds Park will be the next one tackled. She added that the exercise equipment is designed to be used by anyone from teens to the senior population of Huntington Woods.

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