Henry Smith gives the camera a smile during his work on the playground at Washington Park Saturday, Aug. 31. Photo by Jesse Walker

Henry Smith gives the camera a smile during his work on the playground at Washington Park Saturday, Aug. 31. Photo by Jesse Walker

About Washington Park Playground $67,000 playground, funded by a $15,000 KaBOOM grant, $30,000 in private donations and $22,000 from the City of Madison. 100 volunteers – 50 helped with playground construction – came out last Saturday to work on the park.

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer

Last Saturday, Aug. 31, I think it was Labor Day Weekend (OK, no more Chicago jokes), was Build Day for the Washington Park Playground. Approximately 100 people attended the construction, including 50 volunteers that helped with the construction of the playground.

The $67,000 playground was funded by a $15,000 KaBOOM grant, $30,000 from private donations, and the City of Madison took care of the remainder, approximately $22,000.

Saturday’s construction began at 8 a.m., and the waves of volunteers helping out with the construction process were organized by professional builders, who supervised the build.

The Fire Department served hot dogs at noon, and most of the day’s work was done by 5 p.m.

According to Madison City Manager David Nunn, some work remains to be done at the Washington Park playground, but he expects that they will be “locking it in” very soon.

“The playground is not your prototypical plastic play area,” noted Nunn, who stated that the playground components are “very heavy and very well built.”

The playscape project is a joint project between Madison’s Greenspace Commission and the Madison-Morgan Conservancy.

The Washington Park Playground is part of a first phase of developments for Washington Park, which has remained “almost nothing except trees and grass” for over 15 years, according to the City of Madison’s website.

Proposed features for a later stage of development include a soccer practice field, picnic equipment, and restrooms, as funding for those projects become available.

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