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Monitor Bay play area deemed unsafe

— Crown Point’s insurance carrier isn’t playing around. It’s declared the playground at Monitor Bay campsite to be unsafe.

“It’s in bad shape,” Supervisor Bethany Kosmider said of the playground. “Our insurance company does an inspection of town property every year. One of their concerns is the playground. They want it addressed.

To solve the problem the town is seeking a $20,000 grant from the state Department of Parks and Recreation.

If successful, Crown Point will have to provide a 25 percent match to the grant. Kosmider said the match will be in the form of in-kind services.

New York Municipal Reciprocal Insurance, the town’s insurance provider, said the Monitor Bay playground needs to have its equipment upgraded and a soft surface, such as sand or rubber bits, needs to be placed under the playground equipment.

Kosmider said town officials would like to refurbish the playground as well as construct a barbecue pit and a picnic pavilion at Monitor Bay. The price tag for the entire project is $50,000, which is more than the town can afford right now.

“We’ve decided to approach the project in small steps,” Kosmider said. “We need to take care of the safety issues first, so that means the playground is a priority.”

If Crown Point does not receive the grant, officials have two choices. They can close the existing playground or they can seek volunteer labor and donations to upgrade the play area.

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