The grant would cover about 75 percent of the total costs, with the city putting $11,250 from the capital improvements fund as well as several local foundation donations to cover the remaining balance.
The city has received verbal commitments from the Middletown Community Foundation, the Miriam Knoll Foundation, the Barnitz Fund, Middletown Youth Soccer and Light Up Middletown for donations to the project, according to Scott Tadych, public works and utilities director.
Tadych said Smith Park is the city’s largest and most used park. He said the state requires an ordinance authorizing the submittal of an application seeking a NatureWorks grant.
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Vice Mayor Talbott Moon asked if any of the current equipment could be refurbished with Adkins saying that might be possible but would need to be checked.
Councilwoman Ami Vittori asked if any community meetings were held to get feedback from residents. Adkins and Councilman Steve Bohannon said the four concepts for new equipment had been reviewed by the city Park Board before it was submitted for council’s review.