County ratifies purchase of Cross Creek playground equipment

September 4, 2014
A rendering of the playground planned for Cross Creek County Park

Youngsters and their families can look forward to a new place to play on the Thompson Hill side of Cross Creek County Park near West Middletown.

The Washington County commissioners Thursday ratified the purchase of $325,915 worth of Playworld System equipment from Jeffrey Associates of Indianola, Allegheny County, which designed it with a woodland theme for the Route 844 side of the park.

Gas and oil revenue from the park will pay for the purchase through a state contract that does not require advertisement for bids.

Lisa Cessna, director of Washington County Planning Commission, which oversees county parks, said installation of the equipment will be handled by her department.

The new playground will be the park’s second. Also planned for Thompson Hill are a boat launch to the 258-acre lake, a repaved road, paved parking lot, rest rooms and a picnic shelter.

Two years ago, the board approved the purchase of playground equipment for Chapel Hill, Mingo Creek County Park and Ten Mile Creek County Park in East Bethlehem Township at an approximate cost of $140,000 from Jeffrey & Associates, also from oil and gas lease revenues.

Barbara S. Miller covers politics, Washington County government and a variety of other topics for the Observer-Reporter. She is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, majoring in English and history. Follow her on Twitter @reporterbarb.

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