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Buttersville Park dedicates new playscape

August 19, 2018 GMT

PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — The community gathered Friday afternoon for the official dedication of the new children’s playscape at Buttersville Park.

The playscape is inside the campground area and replaced the previous playground, which had become “old and antiquated,” said Kelly Smith, parks department manager for Pere Marquette Charter Township. The former playground was simply a rusty slide, a few swings and a merry-go-round that had seen merrier days, he said.

“Nothing we had before was ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant... We knew we needed upgraded equipment... So now basically (the new playscape) is handicapped accessible,” Smith said.

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The new playscape has swings for big kids and toddlers, a tire swing, a jungle gym, a play structure with plastic slides and dozens of features to climb on and play with, as well as a new merry-go-round.

“Everybody wanted us to keep the merry-go-round,” Smith said, adding that the tire swing was also a camper favorite.

Construction of the playscape was completed about two months ago, Smith said. During winter, the Department of Public Works cleared trees and excavated to expand the playground area. Then on drizzly and cold May 19 volunteers gathered for a build day to accomplish installing most of the play equipment. The playscape was finished a few days later.

See full story in Saturday’s Ludington Daily News print or e-Edition

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