It's an attempt to save a Collegedale icon.
Many parents are pulling together to fight the renovation of a popular play spot for families.
All the controversy is surrounding the Imagination Station. The Collegedale City Commission says all they want to do is replace the old wooden playground with a new and improved plastic one. But parents say they passed the resolution quietly in July without the public's input. While they cite safety as the reason, many parents say knocking it down isn't the answer.
"This playground has been carefully crafted and it has so many unique features to it that you can't find in pre-fab plastic constructions. Their just not going to be as available," said resident Kathy Goddard.
But city leaders say the wooden playground is old and needs some work.
"It is showing a lot of wear and a tear after being a little over 20 years old. Now we have it budgeted in city funds to be able to upgrade this thing and it's time to do it," said Collegedale City Manager Ted Rogers.
So in order to do that, Rogers says they will replace some of the playground and upgrade it with plastic. But Goddard says she's not ready to trade in splinters for burns.
"I just feel it's not necessary. Plastic is going to get hot. It'll be days like today it wouldn't be playable because it's really hot," says Goddard.
Tuesday night, concerned parents packed the Collegedale Commission chambers to make sure their voices were heard in a public hearing. Rogers says he wants to make sure parents have all the facts before making a decision on the playground's renovation. He says Tuesday night's meeting is a chance for parents to do just that.
"The biggest thing we want to do is get them correct information because the initial concern was that we were basically dozing the playground and that's not true. Part of the playground is staying, other parts we are considering upgrading, refurbishing, making it newer, safer all the above," said Rogers.
Rogers says while there's no set cost, he expects the renovation to cost around half a million dollars. By Alyssa Spirato