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Graphic provided A graphic from Midwest Playscapes shows the upcoming new playground for the southwest park after the old one was destroyed by the June 17 tornado. In order to stay within the FEMA budget, Wadena's playground will have three swing set bays instead of four, and the rock tunnel will be donated by the Lions.

City to purchase equipment

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The Wadena City Council took action on recreation and parks on its regular Tuesday meeting.

The council approved the purchase of playground equipment from Midwest Playscapes.


Public Works Director Ron Bucholz said that one swing bay and the rock tunnel were recommended to be eliminated at the park advisory board meeting in order to be within the FEMA budget, but the

Lions offered to pay for the rock tunnel piece.

"We also could - if we wanted down the road - add another bay of swings, we could do that too," he said.

A total of $40,000 was available for the playground, but about $7,000 will go to fall protection and other material. The playground purchased by the city would cost $33,893.

The previous playground by the outdoor pool was destroyed by last year's tornado, along with the pool itself.

Council member Kay Browne said the park board brought up that it would be good for the handicap accessible swing to be closer to the middle, rather than on the edge.

She said that moms and kids in the area had lots of ideas for the park.

The council also approved Ulteig Engineers to work on design for the bicycle route for the Leaf River Trail Grant. Wadena County had designed the original trail, but told the city they were too busy this time around.

Lisa Winter attended the council meeting and spoke in support of restoring the outdoor pool.

She said she used to use the pool Monday through Friday through the entire summer, and it was especially important for kids.

"I've heard people say that they think every kid on their bike is headed for the pool," she said.

Winter added that she was not against the proposed wellness center.

Separately in department reports, Planning and Zoning Director Dean Uselman said people were putting up their own pools in their yards and putting up fencing around them, as required by safety ordinances.

Browne said she had received calls about hockey, and how difficult it was to travel to games and practices without an indoor arena.