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Shillito Park hosts community ribbon cutting

Shillito Park

Since the conception of the Shilito Park playground rebuild back in January, it has finally come full circle. The playground is built and ready to be used.

Shillito Park

On Monday, October 21, Parks and Recreation held a community wide ribbon cutting and unveiling of the brand new playground. City government officials were on hand, including Mayor Linda Gorton, to give some facts about the rebuild and also help usher in a new playground for the next generation.

Some key facts:

  • 800 volunteers
    • 4 volunteers helped everyday
  • 3,696 hours of work
  • 5 days of construction
  • 924 individual volunteer shifts filled
  • 600 cubic yards of mulch put down
  • 36 new trees planted
  • 20,000 linear feet of lumber
  • 30,000 screws and fasteners were used

Shillito Park: woman speaking at a podium“This day has been months in the making. It’s now officially here that we’ve got this spectacular new Shillito Park playground,” said Councilmember Jennifer Mossotti of the 9th District at the ribbon cutting. “The word community is often debated, but on occasion the word itself brings us together in the truest sense of its meaning.”

Instead of using wood like they did 25 years ago, they chose to use recycled plastics. With the different material, the structure will require very little maintenance compared to the wooden structure.

Shillito Park is located at 300 West Reynolds Rd.


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