Temporary fencing blocks access to the playground equipment in Selah's Carlon Park. City Administrator Don Wayman said an insurance provider's inspection determined that the playground equipment had to be replaced for safety reasons. (DONALD W. MEYERS/Yakima Herald-Republic)

SELAH, Wash. — Playground equipment at Selah’s Carlon Park will be removed and replaced due to safety conditions.

A review of the park by the city’s insurer led to the closure, City Administrator Don Wayman said. The review was part of an inspection of all city facilities.

“They said there were too many issues,” Wayman said.

Among the safety concerns cited were the use of creosote-soaked railroad ties to form the playground’s border, sand under the playground fixtures which provided insufficient padding and exposed parts of equipment that could have punctured a child’s hand or cheek, Wayman said.

A bridge between two pieces of equipment also was found to have dry rot, said Wayman, who believes the playground equipment is original to the park.

The city’s Parks and Recreation department announced the closure of the playground, located in the park behind Selah High School on Goodlander Road, on the city’s website Thursday.

Portable fencing with a “Keep Out” sign was placed around the playground equipment Friday.

City officials are in the process of getting prices to remove the wooden park equipment and replace them. The plan is to pay for it with available funds, Wayman said.

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