Majestic Playground Mulching
By Ilka Casey
From Issue 51: Fall 2021
On a sunny Saturday morning in August, volunteers armed with sunscreen, rakes, and wheelbarrows gathered at Majestic Park Playground. The group included Gardinerites of all ages, who have all enjoyed the Playground over the years.
The mission: to renew the playground surface, spreading a tractor-trailer load of mulch beneath and between the playground equipment. The mulch, purchased from Tantillo’s with funds from the Parks & Recreation budget, was delivered the day before the event. Tantillo’s placed the mountain of mulch with care and precision, just within the edge of the playground, nestled between the play structures.
Playground mulch, made from ground-up hardwood logs, provides a soft, natural landing surface for tumbling children and breaks down more slowly than garden mulch. An annual refresher keeps it bouncy, level, and weed-free.
Progress was slow; even after many wheelbarrows were filled and emptied. The mulch pile was still enormous. To everyone’s relief, Mike Benevento soon arrived with a Bobcat skid-steer from Hudson Valley Trailworks to help speed things along. After three plus hours of coordinated effort, the group was covered in sawdust and sweat, and the playground was covered in a fresh layer of mulch.
This mulching party was organized by the Gardiner Parks & Recreation Committee, which wholeheartedly thanks all who took part: Mike, Toni & Trish Benevento, Ilka, Oliver, & Piper Casey, Misha Fredericks, Brian, Silas, & Sebastian Houser, Gavin Treglia, & Ralph Varano. Every set of hands was essential in completing this project.
To get involved with Gardiner Parks & Recreation, stop by (or Zoom) one of their monthly meetings, or email ParksRec.firstname.lastname@example.org.