Despite its age, Loyalty Park in downtown Sumner is well-loved and utilized often by local residents.
But at nearly 100 years old, the park’s playground was becoming outdated. The play structure that was installed 20 years ago was becoming a liability.
“The company that manufactured the previous (equipment) had gone out of business, so we couldn’t get an replacement parts,” said Dan Gates, parks and facilities supervisor for the city of Sumner.
Gates and other city officials decided a zip line, a tilted sky runner (an overhead spinning piece of play equipment) and several tilted, spinning seats would replace the old play structure at the park located on the corner of Park St. and Sumner Ave.
Gates had previously seen a zip line at a park in Bellevue, and began to wonder if something similar would work to replace the aging play structure.
“It was a big question mark if it would work or not,” he said. “So far, it’s been a huge hit.”
So much so, shortly after the new additions debuted to the public May 13, Gates says he saw a family playing on the new toys until nearly dusk.
The cost for the new park features ran roughly $25,000, but the city saved about $35,000 by installing the features itself, he said.
City officials are hopeful the park will serve the community well for years to come.
“Other cities can’t believe how much people use this park,” said Carmen Palmer, the city’s communications director. “Which keeps it safe for more use and makes it really a gem in the community.”