The Town of Aberdeen announced Main Street Park is getting an addition. A picnic shelter is under construction and will include restrooms, according to the town in its January/February Bon Accord newsletter.
The town moved the playground equipment at the old Sharpe Memorial Park to its new location on E. Main Street in the Fall of 2021.
“A 24’x30’ picnic shelter is being added to the back corner of the park,” said the town in its newsletter. “This shelter will also include additional space for two restrooms. Ground work has already begun, with a concrete pad to be added soon. The complete shelter and restrooms should be installed by the end of the winter, in time for families to enjoy the amenities when playground usage picks back up in the spring.”
A poured-in-place rubber surfacing which provides better accessibility to the equipment was installed following the transfer of the playground equipment. The town installed a fence around the park last spring.
At its April 2021 meeting, the town council voted to relocate Sharpe Park at W. Maple Avenue and Pine Street due to safety concerns.
Mayor Robbie Farrell said at the April meeting the drawback to the old site was the nearby railroad tracks were a safety issue. Planners cited hazard signs for railroad workers working with chemicals as a possible health issue for children playing in the park. Parks and Recreation Director Adam Crocker said the Sharpe Park playground reconfiguration plans included dealing with parking issues and wet areas.
The original Sharpe Park property was donated to the town by the Sharpe family and remains open as a recreational green space.
“We have been excited to see how many residents have taken advantage of and enjoyed the park, and hope these new additions will bring even more use and joy,” said the town about Main Street Park in its newsletter.
Main Street Park is open from sunrise to sunset.
Photo by Town of Aberdeen.