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Construction of new playground Parrsboro delayed until 2023

A new playground and park on the former site of the Parrsboro town hall will not take place until 2023 due to delays in the delivery of playground equipment.

Cumberland municipal council was provided an update on the playground project during its September committee of the whole meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.

The municipality signed a design and build contract with Cobequid Trails Consulting on March 21, 2022.

Around that time, the municipality learned of an alternative to the proposed poured rubber accessible surface, which includes artificial turf over an engineered base. It’s believed this surface would be equally accessible, have a higher fall protection rating, be easier to repair, be more esthetically pleasing and cost less than poured rubber.

The playground advisory committee recommended the contract be amended to include this feature and reinstate features left out of the original contract because of budget constraints.

The amended contract was signed in June and until mid-August it was still believed the playground could be completed this fall, in keeping with the funding agreement with the federal government. However, the municipality learned the main supplier of the playground equipment would not be able to deliver it until November.

Cobequid Trails Consulting has indicated it can’t complete the concrete and turf installation work cannot be properly done in mid-November, meaning, except for some groundwork, construction can’t begin until spring.

Discussions have been held with the federal government about extending the funding agreement as other projects across the region are facing similar supply and labour shortage issues. It's expected the federal government will decide on this request soon.

Cobequid Trails Consulting is committed to completing the work as soon as possible in the spring.

As for the redevelopment of the former town hall site, a request for proposals for planning and design services was issued in June, but it did not result in any acceptable proposals. As a result, a request for proposals will have to be re-issued.