The Larry Stevens Playground at Corbin’s Rotary Park will be closed until at least the end of the month while multiple structure posts in the playground equipment are replaced because of cracks that have developed.

Corbin Parks and Recreation Director Marlon Sams said the cracks were discovered during a weekly inspection of the equipment. As a precaution, the gates to the playground have been chained shut and a sign announcing that the area is closed has been posted pending the completion of repairs, which will cost approximately $4,000.

The money is coming from the parks and recreation department’s budget, Sams said.

Sams noted the damage was not caused by abuse to the equipment, which was installed in 2000. It was the result of normal wear and tear and seasonal changes in the weather that led to the cracks.

Parks and Recreation employees initially used a mesh fence to close off the damaged equipment. Over the weekend, numerous people crossed over the fence to get to the playground, forcing employees to padlock the entire area.

Sams said repairs are scheduled to begin Monday, but there is no definite timetable for when they will be completed.

"Please keep out of there until we get it fixed," Sams said. "I’m trying my best to get it done by the end of the month."