Gallatin tears down playground due to safety concerns
April 8, 2013 05:45 PM
Reported By Todd Dunn, Video Journalist - bio | email
GALLATIN, Tenn. -
After 16-years, the city of Gallatin has demolished its three story wooden playground.
City officials told Nashville's News 2 the decision to tear down Kids Kingdom came after it was determined the playground was unsafe and making repairs was not a good solution economically.
"We got our safety inspections out, it just got where it just wasn't safe and wasn't feasible to repair," Leisure Services Director David Brown. "Wood only last so long. Even treated wood down in the mulch [was] wet all the time, so it just got to were it was just unsafe."
Brown, who was one of the volunteers who helped build the original playground, said there are plenty of mixed emotions surrounding the playground's demolition.
"We've got some that is a little upset about it, some that's more upset and some our happy and some that understands," he said.
The city has no plans to rebuild a playground on this site; however there are two new playgrounds located nearby including at Triple Creek Park.