New playground at Merri Mac Park nearly complete

Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Temporary fencing surrounds the new playground equipment at Merri Mac Park. The city is waiting on delivery of a couple of parts to complete the installation. Until then, the equipment is off limits.

(Posted July 13, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The newest feature at Merri Mac Park in London is just a couple of parts away from completion.

In late June, a combination of volunteers and professionals installed new playground equipment next to the shelter house. Features include a zip line, four-seat seesaw, spin ride, basketball drop shot, and a play tower with slides and climbing options. Also included is a “triple ring-fling” on which children can swing through a series of elevated, rotating wheels.

Children will have to wait to play on the equipment until the manufacturer sends a missing part for the play tower and a replacement part for another piece of the equipment. Until then, temporary fencing surrounds the playground.

Amy Rees, administrative assistant for the city of London, said the parts should be delivered and installed in time for a ribbon-cutting in late August.

Merri Mac Park Miracle, a non-profit volunteer group, and the city are working together to bring improvements to the park.

The Miracle group donated $15,000 to the city to help offset the $95,000 cost of the playground equipment. The group also paid to have the existing basketball court resealed and striped. Volunteers painted the shelter house from top to bottom and sanded the floor, painted the picnic tables, and refurbished the existing swing set.

Volunteers work to put together new playground equipment at Merri Mac Park.

City council member Bryan Robinson reported that security cameras are being installed to provide surveillance of the roads running in and out of the park, the playground, and the shelter house.

Merri Mac Park Miracle welcomes anyone who would like to lend a hand in their ongoing efforts. The group typically meets monthly. For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page, “Merri Mac Park Miracle,” or send email to

Donations can be made out to “MFC/Merri Mac Park Miracle” and mailed to P.O. Box 674, London, OH 43140.

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