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Residents weigh in on Osage park playground

Survey respondents like old-time theme, eye some new elements

The results are in from a recent town survey about the future of the Osage Station Park children's play area, with many respondents lauding the current theme but wanting a different water feature and other new amenities.

The online survey, which remained active for nearly a month before closing Tuesday, gave residents the opportunity to voice their opinions on the upcoming playground renovation, currently in the design phase.

Town officials released the results Wednesday during a presentation to the Parks and Leisure Services Commission.

"The commission discussed the information in the PowerPoint, offered their thoughts on it and asked staff to go back to the designers and incorporate the new data. There is no set date for them to return with conceptual designs," said Geoff Gillette, town public information coordinator.

No citizens spoke at the commission meeting, but 210 people provided input by answering the town's questions online.

A majority of respondents (53 percent) wanted to see the play area stick to its current old-town/railroad theme. Other concepts up for consideration included natural world (which saw 17-percent support), castle/forest (14 percent) and modern (8 percent).

When asked to specify some of their favorite aspects already at the playground, many survey participants pointed to the climbing structures (82 percent), the old-time role-play area (61 percent), the water features (53 percent) and the sand (52 percent).

As for potential changes, roughly 75 percent of respondents said they would be in favor of either a water tunnel or water jets/misters shooting up from the ground. The town also received comments opposing new water areas, with statements such as "no water features needed" and "water features are a waste of resources."

Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they wanted to see swings and slides at Osage Station, and almost half said they liked the idea of climbing boulders. Other conventional play elements didn't garner as much support: sand at 38 percent, climbing nets 31 percent, clatter bridge 21 percent and teeter-totter 13 percent.

Designs are still being created for the new playground. A conceptual plan could be completed and presented publicly early next year, according to Danville recreation services manager Henry Perezalonso.

In addition to the play area, the 35-acre Osage Station Park on Brookside Drive in Danville includes grass fields, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, picnic area, walking path and memorial rose garden.

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Posted by Ava Traver
a resident of Danville
on Dec 16, 2013 at 10:14 am

"Water feature a waste of resources"? Probably stated by global warming/climate change fools. Hope we get a water feature at the park. Lots of fun water play for our kids. Water water water! Yes!!!!


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Posted by disgusted
a resident of Danville
on Dec 16, 2013 at 11:49 am

What? No high-density housing for the park??!! What an outrage. Quick--call Developer ---oops I meant mayor-----===Storer!


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Posted by Granny
a resident of Danville
on Dec 17, 2013 at 5:15 am

Why sand? Do we have any idea how many cats use it for a litter box? I, for one, never allow my grand kids in the sand there.


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Posted by dogfather
a resident of Danville
on Dec 17, 2013 at 7:24 am

Somewhere in the greater Greenbrook area would be a good place for another dog park. For instance, at Osage, there's an area that has not been devoted to sports fields because it floods once every decade or so. I have it on good authority that the dogs wouldn't mind waiting-out those floods, once or twice in their lifetimes. A fence and a water line is about all it'd require.

Hap Magee is a wonderful setting, but also a victim of its own success. I hope the new tougher turf is an answer, but a better one is to reduce wear/tear by providing another facility for people and their hounds.


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