WHAT'S BUGGING YOU?: Playground Closed - FOX 35 News Orlando

WHAT'S BUGGING YOU?: Playground Closed

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A major piece of a playground at Red Bug Lake Park was being demolished Tuesday morning.

It had been roped off for weeks after park staff deemed the structure a safety hazard.

There's no telling if or when the playground will be rebuilt and that's bugging families like the Mitchells. 

"That part is the best part and y'all shut it down," said Bo Mitchell, who was playing at the park last week under the supervision of his mom.

"The kids want to be on the play structure and so it's disappointing to moms, too, because we won't stay as long," said Rachel Mitchell.

The playground is located on the south side of the park near the lake.
FOX 35 asked representatives from the Seminole County Parks and Recreation Department to explain why the climber was unfit for use.

They explained a broken slide and rusty walkways had become a safety concern and due to the age of the structure parts are difficult and expensive to replace.

Parks and Recreation Manager Steve Waring said the playground, which was built in 1997, has exceeded its life expectancy.

Parks officials had considered spending $13,000 to repair a section of the playground but later decided the parts would be too pricey and leaving the structure in place was too dangerous, Waring said.
Waring said the department will ask the county board of commissioners to budget approximately $300,000 for an overhaul of a larger section of the park.
The Seminole County Board of Commissioners will have to decide if they want to include that money in the annual budget, so Waring said the playground will be bare for the foreseeable future.

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