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Hunt Housing renovates neighborhood parks

Playgrounds on Laughlin Air Force Base are schedule to undergo major repairs May 3, 2018. The playgrounds sustained damage during the hailstorm in 2016 causing them to be dangerous and unusable. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Marco A. Gomez)

Playgrounds on Laughlin Air Force Base are schedule to undergo major repairs May 3, 2018. The playgrounds sustained damage during the hailstorm in 2016 causing them to be dangerous and unusable. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Marco A. Gomez)

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Hunt Housing is scheduled to renovate several children’s playgrounds around base that are in need of repairs by late July or early August.

The staff’s main priority is ensuring kids have a safe experience using the playgrounds.

Most of the damage caused by the hailstorm in 2016 made the playgrounds dangerous and unusable. Before the playgrounds could be maintained, there was other major damage to homes, buildings and other community property that had to be repaired first.

“All of the items were repaired in 15 months,” said Lupita Flores, Laughlin Family Housing community director. “Once all of that was done, we started looking for a suitable vendor and design, so we’ve been working on it since July of last year.”

Hunt Housing does not have a clear date of completion, however, a more accurate date may be provided as progress with the playgrounds continues.

“The estimate is anywhere between July and August but it’s going to depend on if we were able to get the items ordered and if they arrive on time,” said Marissa Cervantes, Laughlin Family Housing assistant director. “The second update we get about the materials ordered will be somewhere between the 15 and 29 of June. When we get that date we’ll know the items are on their way and can then provide accurate dates.”

As a way to celebrate the park’s reopening, the Hunt staff are planning on putting together a celebration with amenities for all to come out and enjoy.

“It’s going to be a small gathering, there will be food like hamburgers, hot dogs and such, as well as bounce houses for the kids,” Flores said.

Although there are many questions being asked about the when the playgrounds will be available again, the staff is quick to ensure all the necessary planning and precautions are taken for the children’s safety.

“Safety is our number one priority, we don’t want to rush the process because mistakes can be made, parts can be placed incorrectly,” Cervantes said. “We want to make sure our residents are taken care of.”