Two Willmar parks to get new playground equipment next year

The City of Willmar is seeking a Game Time matching grant to install new playground equipment at Hanson and Bjorsell parks next year.

An image of the new playground equipment that will be installed at Bjorsell Park in Willmar if the city is awarded a matching Game Time grant.
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WILLMAR — If approved for a matching grant from Game Time, two parks in Willmar will receive new playground equipment in 2023. Willmar City Council approved the grant application at its Sept. 6 meeting.

Game Time offers the grants annually in the fall, and the deadline to apply for this year is Oct. 26, according to Public Works Director Gary Manzer.

The city has $160,000 budgeted for new playground equipment in the 2022 capital improvement plan, and the city would receive a 100% match for the playground equipment.

An image of new playground equipment set to be installed at Hanson Park in Willmar next year if the city receives a matching Game Time grant.
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The parks scheduled to receive new equipment are Hanson Park, located along 17th Street Northwest near 17th Avenue Northwest, and Bjorsell Park, located at Fourth Street and Johanna Avenue Southeast.

The city has received grants from Game Time for the past several years to install new playground equipment, according to Manzer.


The public works department prepares the site for the equipment to be installed, and Minnesota Wisconsin Playground installs the equipment. Once the equipment is installed, public works complete any sidewalks and the curb around the playground and then lays pea rock, fabric, and wood chips.

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