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BURNET — If all goes well, children could enjoy a new playscape in Hamilton Creek Park later this year.

Burnet city officials told council members during the regular meeting May 26 that staff plans to submit a request to the Lower Colorado River Authority for a grant to replace playscape equipment at Hamilton Creek Park.

Evan Milliorn, assistant director of administrative services, said the playscape equipment at Hamilton Creek Park is the oldest in the city’s parks system.

The projected cost of the equipment is a little more than $68,000. LCRA requires municipalities give at least 20 percent of the total amount. Milliorn said the city will pay $19,000 and ask LCRA to give the remaining balance.

“We may not get it, but we’re going to be optimistic and bank on getting the maximum grant,” he said.

City crews have been doing maintenance work on the playground at the park, located on Jackson Street one block west of U.S. 281, to ensure safety, he said. Still, a few weeks ago, staff members closed the equipment for a week so playground inspectors could take a closer look, the assistant director said.

“We had to close down a few and permanently remove a few,” he said. “We wanted to stress the need for a new playscape and a new partner.”

The deadline to submit the grant request is July 16. LCRA officials will announce grant recipients in September.

“This project, if it moves forward, will be a fall project,” Milliorn said.