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Thursday, 02 November 2017
Story and photo by Derek Gean
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Officials held a grand opening ceremony for a renovated playground at the Child Development Center Oct. 26.

The playground closed in March 2014 due to an uneven ground surface.

According to Nancy Starnes, Child Youth and School Services coordinator, CDC students have had to share a 500-foot playground with other groups in the facility.
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Col. Tracy Lanier, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood commander, visits with CDC students prior to the opening of the newly renovated playground.

The playground has been closed for more than three years said Sue Fellner-Williams, CDC director.

“The surface we are standing on here was cracked and unsafe because it had weathered over time. We couldn’t come out here and use this equipment. So now we have this nice, soft, spongy  surface. The kids can come out here for the first time in three years, exercise and have fresh air. It’s providing more opportunities for fun,” Fellner-Williams said.

According to John Pack, project manager, the playground utilizes the latest in children’s playground materials.

“It’s real nice and meets all the safety standards,” Pack said.

A class from the CDC participated in the ceremony and were among the first children to play on the playground.  

Col. Tracy Lanier, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood commander, who joined the officials for the ribbon cutting, thanked the different agencies for making the renovations a reality. Following the ceremony, he encouraged the children to enjoy the new playground.


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