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Island Park Playground to re-open in Winfield

Published On: Apr 04 2014 06:41:45 PM CDT
Updated On: May 22 2014 10:55:11 PM CDT
WINFIELD, Kan. -

Its been a long time coming, but the Island Park Playground in Winfield is set to re-open.

A fire destroyed the playground for a second time in the Spring of 2013. The first fire that burned the park to the ground was set by a teen in 2008.

City officials, the Playground Park Committee and members of the Winfield Chamber of Commerce will be on hand for the celebration 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The event is free and open to the public.

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The City of Winfield's park department is working to rebuild Island Park playground. More volunteers are needed to restore the playground after a 2013 fire burned it to the ground for a second time.

The first phase of rebuilding is complete, and phase two will begin on Monday. The City of Winfield is looking for more volunteers to help through next Sunday.

Volunteers just have to be at least 18 years of age and are required to complete a volunteer information sheet. These can be printed off the city's website. No specific skill level is required.

 "We have some lead captains, who more or less direct what takes place, but then there're other levels all the way down to just carrying boards and just running cordless screwdrivers," said Mark Onley, City of Winfield park director.

The playground is expected to be rebuilt by the end of April if enough volunteers are available.

The March 2013 fire at Island Park was the second fire to destroy the park. A teen was responsible for burning the park to the ground the first time in 2008.

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