A brand-new playground with fun, new features has taken shape near the east entrance of C.E. Jacobson Elementary School in Rush City.
While the bulk of the installation was planned for Saturday, a crew of 27 volunteers and workers from Midwest Playscapes Inc. was able to avoid the rain and build the structure in 10 hours Friday.
“Normally it takes about 17-20 hours in (the playground company’s) estimation, so it was a successful build. I am still amazed that it went together so quickly,” said Jenny Henthorn with the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization. The group generated $34,800 with much help from the school, businesses, organizations and the Rush City community.
Along with the playground, new features include a handicap-accessible swing chair, new swings and an additional tire swing. More features will promote upper body movement, and overall it will be more of a continual play structure.
The PTO also is investing in tables for adults to sit and relax while their children are playing. A new rubber fill, purchased last spring by the school board, is expected to last longer than wood chips and help keep the ground stable and safe.
“It’s really a community park, one that people can use after school hours and during the summer,” Henthorn said.
The new playground is anticipated to be ready for play soon, pending everything goes well with the new drain tile, she added.