Almost $700,000 in improvements to Chalfont Playground were celebrated in a June 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Most of the funds for the renovated play equipment and basketball courts in the Millbrook playground came from City Councilman Brian O’Neill’s budget, according to the Department of Parks & Recreation.
The capital project at 4300 Deerpath Lane was planned and designed by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Philadelphia Department of Public Property.
Work on the basketball courts was the last part of the project to be completed. The half-acre playground received new equipment, paving, landscaping and a new spray area.
“They did a phenomenal job on the basketball court,” O’Neill said on June 20.
The spray area is activated by a push button, which preserves water when the unit is not in use. State-of-the-art play equipment was installed, including a separate swing set and play structures for juniors and toddlers.
New furnishings include benches and tables with handicap-accessible units as well as ADA-accessible entrances into the playground.
For safety, a fence was installed around the play area, six pedestrian lights were installed and, for added security, 10 video cameras with eight sonic devices were added. The basketball courts were replaced with new paving and standards, and new fencing was added.
Much of the money for playground improvements come through council members’ capital budgets, O’Neill said. He said work on improvements to Chalfont and other Northeast playgrounds like Boyle and Junod takes a few years to arrange. ••