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.