City of Pittsfield awarded $10,000 Safety Inspection Grant for Park Playground Equipment

The City of Pittsfield has received a $10,000 grant from the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA) to fund a safety inspection of all the city’s playground equipment and to support the training of two Parks Department employees to become Certified Playground Safety Inspectors.

The city, which has a total of 30 parks, received the maximum amount available through the grant, which was accepted by City Council at the Jan. 14 meeting.

“We are extremely grateful to have been awarded this grant. It affords us significant opportunities to capitalize on the ever-increasing needs found in our consistently growing parks system. It has been a high priority for our department over the past several years to analyze the entire parks network with the intent to clearly identify areas in which we can improve,” said Superintendent Chris Evangelisto, of the Department of Public Services’ Park Division. “Being able to educate and certify two members of our own internal staff to continue this extremely valuable service is crucial to the work of the parks department.”

Through this grant, the city will hire a third-party certified playground inspector (CPSI) to complete a comprehensive assessment of the parks playground areas. Pending the assessment’s completion, next steps will include determining the necessary improvements and building a plan of action for long-term maintenance, said Evangelisto.

The MIIA grant program provides MIIA members with resources to manage their risk management programs.

For more information on MIIA, please visit https://www.emiia.org/