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South Whidbey park district wants input on Castle Park

The South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District is planning a community open house next month to solicit feedback on the future of Castle Park. The district is considering options to rebuild, upgrade or renovate the iconic all-wood playground and wants to hear what people think.

"We know we may have to move to some non-wood structural members but use wood for the facade that matches what we have now," said parks director Terri Arnold.

The structure has deteriorated over the years from weather damage and the added wear-and-tear of thousands of children climbing through and over the expansive playground.

Park Commissioner Matt Simms said the district wants a structure that will last a long time. And Park Commissioner Ron Wood noted that maintenance costs to keep the playground in good shape are escalating.

Arnold said she will provide a cost breakdown on maintenance so the public will have a clear idea of why the district is examining upgrade options.

The district has not yet set a date for the open house.

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