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7:06 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Study: Greeley Park Best Place For Nashua's Controversial Playground

Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A third-party study has determined the east side of Nashua's Greeley Park  would be the best place for a playground that has sparked two years of debate.

The $5,000 study, conducted by the Institute for Human Centered Design, found that the east side of the park was the best place for the so-called Legacy Playground, which would be designed for children with disabilities, but could be used by all.

The study cited the area's proximity to bathrooms, existing parking, and relatively flat area for construction.

Debate over the playground has been going on in the city for two years.

A group of people involved with the Leadership Greater Nashua class of 2012, a program run by the city's Chamber of Commerce, wanted to donate the $250,000 playground to the city, funded by private donations. 

But there's been debate over where the best location would be.

The group wanted to replace the park's current 70-year-old playground, but the study determined that to be one of the least ideal sites, in part because of the added cost of demolishing the current playground.

It will now be up to the Board of Aldermen to decide whether to approve putting the playground in Greeley Park.