Bath group proposes unique playground on old YMCA property

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BATH — The design committee of the Main Street Bath organization is proposing a playground and parking area for the vacant former YMCA property on Summer Street.

And unlike most equipment seen elsewhere, this playground would incorporate more natural elements, David Matero, chairman of the design committee and member of the board of directors, said Wednesday. Rocks, timbers, a climbing course, a sandbox and an amphitheater could be among the elements.

“It’s more about play and pretending, than it is gross motor skills, what you’d find in your schoolyard playgrounds,” Matero said.

The playground design, which was to be presented to the City Council in a workshop Wednesday night, would also include maritime elements, to invoke Bath’s shipbuilding heritage. There might also be an area for outdoor furniture and ping-pong tables.

A parking area, across the street from the Patten Free Library, would be for public use and provide about 10 spaces.

The playground would be intended to bring younger families to downtown Bath, Matero said, and provide greater age diversity.

The project requires the City Council’s blessing before budgeting and fundraising can begin.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.