Lucy the Elephant playground is under construction on Jerome Avenue.


MARGATE – Maybe Santa can fulfill the wishes of good little boys and girls hoping to have a new playground to enjoy this winter.

International supply chain issues have impacted the local community as items needed to complete construction of the much anticipated Lucy the Elephant playground on Jerome Avenue between the tennis and basketball courts are “lost at sea.”

Although concrete work has been completed and the skeleton structure partially installed, Director of Recreation Andrew Miles Thursday, Nov. 19 said portions of the playground equipment have not arrived from the factory.

“Our supplier was telling us we could expect it in a week or two, but now they just say they have no idea when it will be delivered,” Miles said.

Once the parts arrive, the installer will complete installation and children will get to climb all over their favorite Margate icon – Lucy the Elephant.

Miles said the Union Avenue playground, which is also undergoing a makeover, should be completed in three or four weeks, as long as the weather cooperates, and the contractor is able to pour the rubber surface at the base of the equipment.

The Sigmund Rimm Recreation Complex recently completed improvements in the park area along Edgemar Circle. The park now has cornhole boards, ping-pong and checker/chess board tables. Picnic tables will be installed once they are delivered, and two bocce courts will be constructed in spring.


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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.