Salvation Army builds new playground

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LA CROSSE, Wis (WEAU)- The children of the Salvation Army are getting a brand new playground this week. The La Crosse fire department along with other volunteers are putting their heads and hearts together to begin the big project.

8 firefighters were working on their day off unloading the truck and sorting out all of the new equipment.

“Were just fortunate to be able to be able to help out and have a schedule that allows us some time off. Usually we look for something extra to do in the community,” La Crosse Fire Fighter Todd English.

“We have families staying in our shelter that are not school age yet so they are here 24-7 and they need a place to play too,” said Salvation Army member Vern Strayer.

The old jungle gym was rotting away and the new one has been designed to be one-of-a-kind by Megan Lee with Lee Recreation.

“It’s a play ground for all ages. Theres a 2-5 year-old section, independent items, a vortex, and spinning cozy cocoon where kids can hide, but there are plenty of windows for supervision,” said Lee.

The playground will not be finished in one day. They hope to have it done by next week and have children playing on it by Wednesday.

“This is the hard part sorting out all the components and undoing the bubble wrap,” said Lee.

And what goes up must come down including kids, that’s why an extra soft ground will be the last thing set in place.

“It will be sand based 6 inches and then 6 inches of rubber mulch will be put on top. The rubber mulch is a lot better than wooden mulch at old playgrounds,” said Strayer.

The Salvation Army is always looking for volunteers. If you wish to help with the playground or any other project with the Salvation Army you can call them at: (608) 782-6126 or stop by the building on the corner of 8th and State Street in La Crosse.

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