PALMETTO -- A 2-acre Palmetto park is sporting new amenities after a neighbor sought improvements and Manatee County Commissioner Michael Gallen shepherded them to fruition.
Sylvan Oaks Park, 715 17th St. E., will celebrate with a dedication ceremony later this month.
Manatee County has refurbished the park with new playground amenities, park benches, signage, drinking fountain and sidewalk, along with a new pavilion/shelter with picnic tables and trash receptacles.
The re-do cost $64,322, according to county documents.
Neighbor Carol Johnson said she called Gallen for help after she saw children standing in the rain as they awaited a school bus.
"I felt the kids should have somewhere to sit when it was raining in the morning," Johnson said.
Gallen found funds already appropriated to the county Parks and Natural Resources Department could be used. Property management personnel helped with the project.
"We did not have to spend any additional tax dollars. These dollars were already in the budget," the commissioner said.
Work began last year and concluded in January, Gallen said.
The new playground is getting a lot of use, said Johnson.
"My grandson loves it," she said.
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