Play project in the park

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Eight to 10 members of the Hillsboro city staff spent much of last week erecting the new playground tower in Memorial Park. The final touches, including the rubber mulch that covers the ground beneath the tower (visible in the first photo) were completed Monday, making the apparatus ready for public use. The right photo shows the activity Wednesday, when workers installed the primary support poles. By Thursday afternoon (third photo), the project was taking shape, with workers adding the climbing ladder and stairs. As

city crew members were cleaning up the area late Monday afternoon, Karen Leihy, a freshman at Hillsboro, happened to be in the park for a cross-country team workout, and quickly volunteered to be the first non-adult to go down the huge tube slide. Throughout the process, city staff members were directed by Lonnie Senn, of American Midwest Contractors in Halstead, whose company serves as the regional outlet for the supplying company. The apparatus, valued at almost $50,000, is the primary phase of the park improvement project, which was spearheaded by Doug Sisk, city recreation director, and a committee of citizen volunteers.

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