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City receives grant to update Goodman Pool playground
City receives grant to update Goodman Pool playground

The Madison Parks Foundation gives the city of Madison a grant to update the playground at Goodman Pool, according to a release.

Thousands of children and families make their way to the Goodman Pool and its adjacent playground in the summer, city officials said. The playground’s beach-themed play structure and sand-based play area is as popular as the pool itself, but officials said the sand creates a variety of maintenance problems for the play structures and the pool area.

The Madison Parks Foundation is giving the city of Madison Parks Department a $15,000 grant to replace the playground, according to the release. The total cost of the project is expected to be approximately $26,000.

The project, which is expected to start in the spring, will feature a poured-rubber surface covered by artificial turf, and the new design encourages kids to crawl, climb and play, officials said.

“Thanks to the kindness and generosity of Irv and Bob Goodman, the Madison Parks Foundation created an important partnership with the city that brings thousands of families out to enjoy Goodman Pool each summer,” Madison Parks Foundation Board President Grant Frautschi said in the release. “Now the foundation’s gift fulfills an important need while also honoring the Goodman name, renewing their legacy again.”

The Goodman Pool is set to open June 12 this year.

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