Corp. plans park complex

The Booker T. Washington Revitalization Corp. is planning the installation of a 68-by-74-foot, accessible complex of playground equipment at Prospect Park, with a “community build” in spring, according to Mike Hofer, executive director of the Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission.

The commission will open bids March 20 for the professional work needed for the $180,000 complex – half the cost of which will be covered by GameTime, the equipment supplier, with the rest covered by city Community Development Block Grant money.

The complex will be a “spectacular piece,” bigger than any playground equipment in the area, and twice as big as one installed at the Booker T. recreation complex in 2011, according to Hofer.

“It’s impressive,” said Skip Dry, a commissioner at the time the project was discussed recently.

The replacement of the old equipment at Prospect is long overdue, said Commissioner Joe Metzgar.

The community build will take about five days instead of the two that it took to assemble the equipment at Booker T., according to Bill Schirf, a former Altoona mayor.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.