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NLS calling for bids to demo playground

The New London-Spicer School Board on Monday approved accepting bids to demolish the playground apparatus at Prairie Woods Elementary School. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

WILLMAR -- The New London-Spicer School Board on Monday approved calling for bids for the demolition of the existing playground apparatus at Prairie Woods Elementary School.

The demolition, scheduled between June 7 and 11, will make way for a new playground apparatus. The new equipment, along with relocation of some of the existing equipment, will be completed by the start of school in the fall. The demo bid is expected to be awarded at the board's May 24 meeting.

The district is working with Midwest Playscapes on the new apparatus, according to elementary principal Sonya Peterson and business manager Barb Gjerde. The new equipment will be located to the east of the building and will be handicapped accessible with a cushioned rubber tile surface below the equipment.

The estimated cost of the project is approximately $58,000 and will be financed through the district's health and safety levy and capital outlay funds. The district has received a $12,700 grant to defray the costs, Gjerde said.

Students from the high school architectural design class are working with Midwest Playscape designers on the placement of the apparatus, and its alignment with other play areas like the soccer and ball fields. The students' plans will be presented at the May 10 board meeting.

The existing playground equipment dates back to the mid-1980s, when the elementary school was built.

Seven sets of swings, plus some newer plastic play equipment will be salvaged and reinstalled. In addition, the plan is to salvage the top six inches of wood mulch below the existing structures for reuse at the middle school and Prairie Meadows building playgrounds.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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