McKay Park is getting new playground equipment this year. (Saphara Harrell/ Salem Reporter)

When it came to McKay Park, Carol Snyder said she knew there was a lot of work to be done.

To help, she and the Salem Parks Foundation raised $96,000 to buy new playground equipment, giving kids in northeast Salem a new place to play.

Sprucing up the playground is overdue, said Snyder, president of the foundation. She noted most of the decades-old playground equipment has been removed. The two pieces that remain – a play structure and a set of toddler swings -- were becoming derelict.

“We just noticed that McKay Park was deteriorating and deteriorating and deteriorating,” she said.

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It was two years ago when Snyder went to Salem City Council and offered a deal: if the city would budget money for site preparation, the parks foundation would raise money for the playground equipment.

Those dollars bought two sets of swings, a large play structure, and a smaller piece of equipment for younger kids. The money also helped pay for installation.

On Thursday, the city broke ground.

Combined with the foundation’s new money, the city budgeted $82,000 for the excavation and site preparation for the new playground equipment, city documents show.

The new playground will be moved to a flatter location, because the current area isn’t ADA complaint.

Snyder said the playground -- located on 2755 Hollywood Dr. N.E. -- should be ready to play on by the fall. 

McKay Park is getting new playground equipment this fall. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

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