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Berlin Park Gets $6,000 Upgrade After Safety Concerns

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BERLIN, Md.- It's a common site at the Stephen Decatur Park in Berlin: children jumping, climbing and hanging from the play center. But the playground surface is in need of repair, and the town knows it. Deputy Administrator Mary Bohlen said crews will move to fast to fix it.

"We are also in the process of repairing some damage that was done to our large playground surfacing," said Bohlen. "It had a poorly replaced rubber surfaces and some pieces had started to sink where the under surface has collapsed."

Town officials said the repairs will cost around $6,000. Some people like Darryl Tingle, of Berlin, think that money could be spent elsewhere.

"Well right now it [the playground] looks pretty good but something else could be done for it," said Darryl Tingle, of Berlin. "I think it could be used more efficiently."

His wife disagrees. She said if the town is spending money, why not spend it to keep kids safe.

"I think it is a fairly nice park in it is up kept very well." said Lydia Tingle, of Berlin. 

Bohlen said tax dollars are not misguided.

"A lot of the money that we spend on our parks are actually grants fund from the state," said Bohlen. "So their tax dollars, more or less, are not diverted to the park, where it could be used elsewhere."

As these children enjoy the park, their parents can relax knowing the town will improve safety before an accident occurs.

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