Fencing was installed and a gravel pathway laid at Head Lake Park earlier this month as workers prepared the site for the arrival of new playground equipment.

Dysart recreation coordinator, Andrea Mueller, said installers arrived in Haliburton Aug. 15 to begin piecing things together. She said work should be complete within two to three weeks.

The new 9,000 sq. ft. facility will feature a jungle gym, log climbing structure, 100-foot zip line, and several standalone play features such as seesaws, a merry-go-round and animal rockers.

There will also be an accessible play area for people with wheelchairs. The existing swing sets will remain in place.

The total cost of the project is almost $589,000, Mueller said, with Dysart township contributing $300,000, Ontario Trillium Foundation providing a $150,000 grant, Haliburton Rotary chipping in $50,000, and the remaining $89,000 coming via community donations.

Mueller said the playground should be finished and open to the public by early September.

Much of the pre-installation work required at the site, such as setting up fencing, preparing the grounds and excavating, was provided at no charge by Haliburton firm Total Site Services Inc.