Last week Amber Cowell, Culver Park Superintendent updated members of the Culver Town Council on the playground project at the Town Park. She said work is underway and going well. The poured-in-place surface was placed and there is one color mistake so the company will be back to correct the problem.
Mike Rees from the Troyer Group is doing a project update with the contractors this week.
The goal of this park project was to transform an underutilized area into a vibrant space that will provide a one-of-a-kind play experience in Marshall County, integrated with a gathering space that provides access for all users, plenty of seating, and ample space for pop-up tents, performances, and circulation.
The playground includes a unique central climbing feature that mimics the historic lighthouse, swings, rope log swing, and spinning climber. The project also includes a patio with tables, permanent cornhole boards, a swinging bench overlooking the lake, landscaping, and site accessibility improvements.
The new playground is one of the Stellar Communities Projects for Culver. Culver’s Stellar Communities projects build on the town’s previous Stellar designation. The town plans to connect its new housing development on the west end of town to the school and downtown via a new trail section.
Amber said they started painting the old apartment area of the Culver Beach Lodge and the hallway and middle office space and the painting should be completed by mid-May.
The Park Superintendent said six new lifeguards passed their lifeguard certification exams and scenario testing.
Cowell was granted approval for the estimate for a new parking lot surface. The project will include milling, a new asphalt surface, sealing, and speed bumps and fixes to the parking lot slabs. The lowest estimate was from Siders Asphalt at $8,437. Amber confirmed that the project was in this year’s budget of $10,000. The council unanimously approved the estimate.
The Culver Park Superintendent was also granted approval to allow the Culver Youth Club Auction to use one of the park’s pier spaces in their annual auction fundraiser in June. She told the board she reserves one each year for them and last year the pier brought in $12,000 for the Culver Youth Club.