GENEVA — The customized Leathers and Associates Playground that Geneva's City Recreation Department and volunteers brought from North Kingsville Elementary School last year and reassembled at Memorial (Field) Park should be completely ready for kids soon.

The playground was donated for free by Buckeye Local Schools with the only stipulation being that the Geneva Recreation Department would come and take it.

The playground had a kind of soft opening earlier in August, but city officials are hoping kids and parents hold on a bit longer before fully using the playground.

"We're excited, we are so close to completion on the playground," Myke Anderson, city recreation department director, said. "This has been a long process and there have been so many who have helped along the way."

She said the latest addition to the playground came by way of the Geneva High School Art Department. Geneva seniors Kaylee Morris and Haley Faulhammer helped paint 10 lizards in the Tot Lot area this week. Art teacher Gina Monahan painted fire breathing dragons on playground equipment earlier in August. 

"We're almost done," Anderson. "Last week we had more pea gravel deliveries and had a fence put up."

She said the Thomas Fence Company did a great job of installing a fence at Memorial Field near the playground. 

"We're getting the remaining needed pea gravel from Best Sand of Chardon," she said. "Best Sand donated all the pea gravel. It's being trucked in by Larog Trucking on Austin Road."

She said a large portion of the center of the playground had concrete poured and it was only recently fully set.

"We've put up yellow caution tape to keep people from using parts of the playground that still needed work," she said. "But often people don't pay attention to it. Just recently someone removed the tape."

She said though the playground is mostly ready for use, some surrounding areas are still being worked on.

City Manager Doug Starkey said he was happy the playground is in the final stages of completion.

"We still have more pea gravel to bring in and spread and there are some new chains needed for the swings," he said. "We also have some brick work to do, but it's all been coming along well."

Starkey said the city might soon be selling bricks to help fund Memorial Field Park projects like the playground and a proposed pavilion.

Anderson said the playground and Midget Football and other activities hosted at Memorial Park are bringing life back back to a place that was loved by many in Geneva.

"There has been a lot of love put into this playground," she said. "All we can do is urge parents to use caution in the meantime until everything is finished."    

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