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New playground open at City Park

Kids can now enjoy new slides, climbing areas, tunnels and more at the City Park playground.

“We got it in place for Water Carnival as promised to the Jaycees,” Public Works Director Brad Green said with a laugh.

The park’s previous playground was 40-plus years old and was sold for scrap. The new equipment, which is mainly plastic and not metal like the old one, cost about $59,000, with the total project costing $65,000.

The city received a grant for $50,000 from the Otto Bremer Foundation, and the city’s park board budgeted for the remainder of the cost.

The playground is ADA handicap accessible.

Though the playground equipment is in place and kids are already enjoying it, the city isn’t finished with the site. The plan includes moving the gazebo from Peoples Park to City Park, and constructing a picnic shelter near the playground.

A shelter will also be constructed in Peoples Park to replace the gazebo.

After the flurry of summer events die down, the city also plans to seed or sod the area around the playground, but for now, Green said there would be too much black dirt and mud to deal with if it rains.

Lights were also installed around the playground for safety purposes.

“Grants make it affordable for the city to do this,” Green said of the Otto Bremer grant.

Wednesday morning, the city held a ribbon cutting for the new playground. The kids by far outnumbered the adults in the area, though a few of the adults took a twirl down the slide as well.

“This is a great thing for Detroit Lakes,” Mayor Matt Brenk said at the ribbon cutting. “It’s really exciting.”

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