New Frisco Funground’s a go |

New Frisco Funground’s a go

RYAN SLABAUGHsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkKids were priority No. 1 for organizers discussing renovations to the Frisco Funground. Wednesday night, locals discussed the plans for the new Funground and set up another public forum for April 14.

FRISCO – Nearly two dozen Summit County residents attended a public forum Wednesday night to discuss renovations to Frisco Elementary School and the Frisco Funground.Notably, Frisco Elementary PTSA president Sam Meister, who is organizing the Funground renovation, said designs for the 16-year-old playground will be discussed at another public meeting on April 14. While the wooden playground involved much of the community when it was built, nobody spoke publicly against tearing the old one down and installing a newer version.”The people who originally built the Funground set the stage so we could do all of this,” Meister said. “They were pioneers, of sorts.”

The new designs will be presented to elementary students across the county before the April 14 meeting. Their ideas will also be shared at the public meeting.The Funground is nearing the end of its 20-year lifespan and requires significant annual maintenance costs. The pressure-treated wood requires biannual sealing to keep chemicals and splinters off little bodies. Meister estimated it would cost $200,000 to maintain the old Funground for the next 20 years, while the new Funground would cost $160,000 for initial costs, and require minimal costs after construction. The bond passed last November spurred the movement to replace the materials in the existing funground.Ideas for the new Funground, according to architects Greg Masik and Tab Bonidy, will begin with a look exactly like the old Funground, except the wood will be replaced with synthetic materials.

Then, based on community feedback, those original plans will be modified. Leathers and Associates, the original designers, will also be leading the discussion about the new playground.Meister is looking for volunteers to head several committees involved with the construction of the new playground, which is slated to be built during the first two weeks of August.Other items discussed at Wednesday’s meeting involved the other construction going on at Frisco Elementary:

— The early childhood education center addition should guarantee that each grade has two classes. Currently, third graders are all in one classroom, according to principal Sharon Jones.– The parking lots will be repaired. Sidewalks will be replaced and the underground water system will also be repaired.Ryan Slabaugh can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or at

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