Preliminary work for installation of new playground equipment has begun in Frankford's Wilmot Park, at Mulberry and Meadow streets.

Excavating old blacktop near the small park's basketball court began two weeks ago, according to Jason Dawkins, an aide to City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez (D-7th dist.), who gave the news to members of the Frankford Parks Group during their meeting March 28 in the 2nd Baptist Church of Frankford.

But Dawkins and Kimberly Washington, the group's president, said the organization is out of money and $9,000 more is needed to pay for the work.

Dawkins said he expected installation of new equipment to begin this week and that it would be ready for the youths by April 16. He's hoping to organize a basketball tournament for the grand opening.