The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce donated $1,000 towards Friends of Pearson Park for a new playground at Oregon’s Pearson Metropark.
The check to help with costs associated with the new Pearson Playscape was presented to Friends of Pearson Park at the chamber’s annual September steak roast, held this year at Pearson’s Macomber Lodge.
“The Oregon community has been very supportive of Pearson, and we hope that the park users will be pleased with the playground and the many other recent renovations at the park. In the past two years, we’ve renovated virtually every facility in Pearson, and the feedback from Oregon residents has been very positive,” Metroparks public relations director Scott Carpenter said.
New playgrounds in the Metroparks are being designed with unique, interactive sculptures created by a local company to reflect the natural environments of the parks. At Pearson, the new playground will incorporate sculptures of trees and animals that are designed to entice children and be educational at the same time.
The play structures are only part of a project that is designed to incorporate the surrounding landscape, connecting with the recently renovated, historic shelter house next to the tennis courts.
“The playground at Pearson is going to be the first of what we hope will be a series of new playgrounds around the park system. They will be unique to Metroparks, with several custom features. BP Husky donated $15,000 to the Pearson playground, and has pledged to donate another $15,000 if we can raise a matching amount from the community. The chamber of commerce donation will help us reach that goal,” Carpenter said.
The project will be done in phases with the first phase costing over $200,000. The Playscape will be the latest in a lengthy list of improvements to Pearson. Recent improvements include the renovation and expansion of Macomber Lodge, new restrooms at the Lake Activity Center, the renovation of the WPA-era shelter at the playground/tennis court area, and patio and landscaping improvements at the Packer-Hammersmith Center, a building that is currently under renovation.
Also in progress is a new shoreline for the Pearson lakes, which will incorporate large, flat limestone rocks to improve erosion control and safety while enhancing the beauty of the lakes.
Combined with the addition of Pearson North and the Starr Avenue bikeway extension, Metroparks officials say Oregon residents will have one of the largest, most up-to-date parks in the Metroparks system.