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New Pfeifer playground assembled

But not yet ready for play

By Scott Bellile

Volunteers successfully installed all the play equipment they had hoped to this past weekend during Pfeifer Park’s community playground build event.

New London Parks and Recreation will oversee further development of the playground this week. A cement truck is scheduled to fill in cement around the support poles Friday, Oct. 9, according to community build organizer Steven Reed.

Day one – Saturday, Oct. 1 – got off to a rocky start, Reed said, as it had rained earlier in the morning and some volunteers didn’t show, assuming the event had been called off.

That afternoon, more volunteers, many from civic groups Raise Up New London and New London Youth Baseball, offered their helping hands through more rain. The project wrapped up Sunday, Oct. 2.

By holding a community build event, New London Parks and Recreation was able to install the equipment faster while saving the city tens of thousands of dollars in parks staff labor.

Reed said volunteers are welcome to continue helping the parks staff as it takes over the project this week. Call Reed at (307) 274-0258 to get involved.

The playground is not yet open for play. New London Parks and Recreation Director Chad Hoerth said it’s hard to say how early it could be open.

For a previous article outlining the details of the new playground, click here.

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