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City crews, volunteers prepping new playground

Monday, November 26, 2012

Playpower/Miracle Recreation Community Action Team volunteers, pictured above, worked on a new playground, located at County and Oak Streets in Monett. Volunteers working on the project included: Mark Witt, Brian Ash, Jason Hightower, Tina Swearingen, James Meeks, Dave Shelton, Gary Thompson, Thomas Cevacenes and Ron Markussen. Below is an artist's rendering of how the park will look when finished, provided by Playpower. [Times Photo by Melonie Roberts] [Order this photo]
Monett public works crews drilled holes to mount playground equipment at a new public playground being established at County Road and Oak streets in Monett.

According to City Administrator Dennis Pyle, the city ended up owning the land after a house burned and the city incurred demolition costs.

Mayor Jim Orr and Pyle met with executives at Playpower/Miracle Recreation Equipment Company to request technical assistance in converting the land to a park. Miracle offered to provide the playground equipment at a reduced price and its employees donate their time in assembling the equipment.

"This is a good thing for the city," said Ron Markussen, project leader for Playpower/Miracle's Community Action Team (CAT). "It's good urban revitalization for this area."

The Monett Lions Club and Kiwanis Club agreed to donate to the project, each providing $5,000.

The total cost is estimated to be more than $20,000. The city and the Monett School District also discussed constructing a new bus shelter at the site.

Park Superintendent Russ Balmas hopes to have the park in place before Christmas.

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