Bay County officials working to open Under The Oaks playground

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PARKER, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Under the Oaks Park was a fun and safe place for families to enjoy.

"It wasn't just a park that had a playground, they would come here you know families," said Bay County' Parks and Recreations Divisions Manager Derick Thomas.

Until Hurricane Michael hit.

"We have removed over 1,100 trees out of this facility, we have severe damage to the pavilion, to the bathroom facilities," said Thomas.

Thomas said the park has been a part of the Parker community for more than 25 years.

"Couples would get married here. You'd have birthday parties. So there's a lot of memories and special occasions here," added Thomas.

Officials have a lot to do to get the park back into shape. Thomas said they're adding new mulch, barricades, and swing sets to make the park better than it was before the storm.

"So that's what we're looking at, we're really just trying to make these repairs so we can get the facility back open for the public," said Thomas.

Thomas explained that the remaining trees are salvageable and county leaders want to give them a chance to live.