By Chris Lewis | June 3, 2021
Excess playground equipment in Bay Roberts is being offered to the highest bidder.
During the Tuesday, May 25 meeting of council, the Town’s recreation director, Ian Flynn, explained Bay Roberts had a surplus of equipment and none of the town’s playgrounds are in need of equipment replacements.
“We’ve been very diligent in terms of replacing older structures with newer structures. So, now, it’s being stored and the longer we store it, the more weather-beaten it gets,” Flynn said.
Instead of leaving the equipment to the elements, or to the hands of thieves, Flynn suggested having the equipment put to tender.
Some pieces of the equipment will be saved after the Town’s Director of Tourism, Ron Delaney, expressed interest in using them in the Town’s community garden.
Other than that though, Flynn said, the equipment serves no immediate purpose nor does it have any apparent use in the near future.
“I would recommend that we tender it off to the public,” he said.
Although some of the equipment is a bit old, he did clarify it was all still CSA approved.
“Whoever buys it, whether that be another community or a daycare or something, they’ll be getting a very good piece of equipment,” Flynn said.
Councillor Silas Badcock then made a motion for any equipment currently not being used, or anything without a clear future use, be tendered off.
According to Flynn, Town staff do weekly maintenance checks on all of their equipment, and so he was confident the equipment is in good condition.
“We won’t be selling off anything that we would not put on a playground ourselves,” he said. “I’d recommend a minimum price on some pieces, but other pieces we’ll tender as the highest bid.”