New Purdy playground unit assembled

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Submitted photos Playground assembly Assembling the playground equipment, from right, were: Neal Wass, Teddy McIntire, Steve Roden, Dave Shelton, Erin Hall, Robin Henderson and Rick Thompson. Back row: Philip Van Voorst and Leo Garc'a.

The Purdy Renewal Project and volunteers from the city and community gathered on Feb. 16 to install the Toddler's Choice playground equipment at the Purdy City Park.

Acquired through special arrangement with PlayPower/Miracle Recreation Equipment in Monett, the apparatus is the latest in a series of park improvements undertaken by the Purdy Renewal Project and the Purdy High School Spanish Club.

Teddy McIntire, public works superintendent for the City of Purdy, reported a pit 36 feet in radius and 12 inches deep was dug for the unit, which came in 42 pieces. Nine volunteers worked for seven hours to assemble and install the unit, with two Miracle employees volunteering their time to direct the assembly.

The City of Monett has agreed to donate mulch from its compost yard to serve as a cushioned surface on which children will walk. The city will add PVC pipe for drainage and to help keep the mulch in place. Work is expected to be completed by the weekend of March 9.

"It's been four years since the Spanish Club started working on this and just over a year since the Purdy Renewal Project took on this task and we're really happy it's done," said Gerry Wass, faculty sponsor for the Spanish Club. "It's been swarming with kids on every sunny day we've had, even though we wanted to finish the mulching first."

Fundraising to cover the $5,000 project will resume now that installation has been completed.

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