Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week — complete with ice cream — for the city's newest playground at Westridge Park.
The park sits at the outer edge of the field next to Westridge Elementary School, and its previous playground equipment was among the oldest in Lake Oswego, dating back to the year 1996.
According to Parks Maintenance Superintendent Jeff Munro, the replacement wasn't prompted by any kind of problem with the old equipment; it was simply time for a refresh. Parks & Rec replaces playgrounds at an average rate of about one per year, and the Westridge playground had simply worked its way up to the top of the queue.
Munro says the new playground will offer a wider variety of activities than its predecessor, with a new double slide, climbing apparatuses and interactive panels for kids to try out.
— Anthony Macuk