Pierrefonds‐Roxboro Borough Mayor and Member of the Montréal Executive Committee responsible for Procurement, Sports and Recreation, and Communities of diverse origins, Mr. Dimitrios (Jim) Beis, is pleased to present new equipment for cleaning the fifty sandboxes located in various parks in the borough. A demonstration of this sand screening machine in operation has been organized for one such surface at Villeret Park.
While its primary function is to remove weeds, this new device will also remove stones, glass, cigarette butts or any other waste buried in the sandy ground. In addition to adapting quickly to the various surfaces to be cleaned, the sand screener also puts the sand back in place. A sand surface that is well maintained on a regular basis, preserves its cushioning ability in case of a fall.
“This new device will allow staff responsible for borough parks to better ensure the cleanliness of our sandboxes. The ability of this machine to collect all waste items, including weeds, will improve safety for all users, especially young children playing in these areas “, stated Mr. Beis.
Cleaning work will now be accomplished much more quickly and regularly, making these play environments pleasant and inviting for residents of Pierrefonds‐Roxboro. Initial estimates indicate a 30% increase in productivity for maintenance of the borough sandboxes in a given season.
Acquired at a cost of $17,000 plus tax, the machine is a Cherrington brand model 950 demonstrator, in very good condition, with a low number of hours of use. The acquisition cost includes a trailer for transport. Acquiring this used model has saved nearly $20,000 compared to the purchase of a similar new machine.