A rendering shows what the new ages 2-5 play area will look like at Sullivan Park, located on Greenfield Road, south of West 14 Mile Road.

A rendering shows what the new ages 2-5 play area will look like at Sullivan Park, located on Greenfield Road, south of West 14 Mile Road.

Photo provided by the city of Royal Oak


Sullivan Park getting new play equipment

Three other parks to receive improvements

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published December 10, 2019

 A rendering shows what the new ages 5-12 play area will look like at Sullivan Park, located on Greenfield Road, south of West 14 Mile Road.

A rendering shows what the new ages 5-12 play area will look like at Sullivan Park, located on Greenfield Road, south of West 14 Mile Road.

Photo provided by the city of Royal Oak

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ROYAL OAK — Thanks to approximately $550,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding, four Royal Oak parks will soon see improvements.

The most notable improvements will take place at Sullivan Park, located on Greenfield Road, south of West 14 Mile Road. Prep work has already begun to remove existing play equipment and install updated play areas for two age groups: ages 2-5 and ages 5-12.

Contractor American Athletix also will install new fall zone surface material, as well as expression swings — designed for an adult and child to interact face to face — at Sullivan Park, Wendland Park, Fulton Park and Huntington Woods Park.

CDBG funds are allocated to cities from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Projects eligible for CDBG funding are located in areas where the average household income is less than surrounding areas.

Royal Oak Superintendent of Recreation John Fedele said that the Sullivan Park improvements have been planned for about a year.

“Essentially, it’s a lot of updated equipment, including some sort of rope climber for the 5-12 age group, carousels and double tower play structure for the 2-5 age group, and swing sets for both age groups,” Fedele said. “The fall zone will be poured in place. It’s rubber, so it’s different from a wood chip fall zone. It’s safer and (Americans with Disabilities Act)-accessible.”

He said the previous play equipment has already been removed and that he anticipates the improvements at Sullivan Park to be completed by the end of the year.

“There’s about 20 parks that fall into the CDBG zone. Last year, we did four. This year, we’re doing another four,” Fedele said. “We don’t necessarily have a selection process. We’re just trying to hit all CDBG-eligible parks within the next five or so years.”

Joseph Murphy, Royal Oak’s director of planning, said that all salvageable playground equipment removed from Sullivan Park will be installed at Upton Park.

“The contractors should be done (installing the new equipment) in about two to three weeks,” Murphy said. “We will have to come back in the spring to put down the fall zone material. It’s much easier to maintain in the long run.”

He said the other three parks scheduled for improvements have already received updated play equipment, but they still have mulch fall zones, and the new material will be much safer for children.

“It will last 25-30 years,” Murphy said.

For more information, call the Royal Oak Planning Division at (248) 246-3005 or visit www.romi.gov.

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