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AHOY: Pirate Ship Playground Nears Completion

The new playground equipment should be ready by the end of the month.

Swing by Broadneck Park and you can see the pieces of the new pirate-ship themed playground being assembled.
Swing by Broadneck Park and you can see the pieces of the new pirate-ship themed playground being assembled.
Swing by Broadneck Park and you can see the pieces of the new pirate-ship themed playground being assembled.

Construction at the park began last month, starting with the demolition of the old playground. A month later, the work is nearly complete and the masts of the pirate ship are flying high.

The playground at the park is being rebuilt with newer, safer equipment, following a fundraising movement led by a Broadneck mom.

Kara McGuirk-Allison's fundraising efforts through the Friends of Broadneck Park began late in 2011, after seeing playground equipment go unfixed. 

The campaign came to a close in 2012, shortly after Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks gave the green light on the renovation project.

The original park playground was built in 1990, and McGuirk-Allison said most playground equipment lasts 15 years. While Broadneck's equipment was in relatively good condition, park officials agreed a replacement would be beneficial.

The playground should be completed by the middle of September, park officials said.

Concerned Mom of 3 September 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM
Kara, you are awesome! I have a 2 year old daughter and we will enjoy the results of your efforts for years to come! Maybe we can work on the little playground across from the MS next... that retains water around the equipment for days after a rain, making it almost unusable most of the time.
Melissa Lord September 14, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Visit www.cbsynlandscapes.com. We are local SYNLawn artificial grass suppliers and are based right up the street from broadneck park. We would be happy to meet with anyone to discuss how SYNLawn would add safety to the play area all while fixing the water drainage problem. My email is mlord@synlawn.com.

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