Park-goers of Aberdeen can expect to see some new additions while exploring the great outdoors this summer.
Playground equipment for the Nano Nagle Inclusive Playground in Storybook Land is scheduled to be installed in June. Parks, Recreation, and Forestry director Mark Hoven shared that Avera St. Luke’s Hospital had donated $200,000 which covered the cost of the playground equipment. The playground will include accessible equipment that allows patrons of all abilities to enjoy the park. The playground is named after Nano Nagle, who founded the Presentation Sisters.
Storybook Land will also see changes to some familiar favorites. The munchkin houses are being refurbished and a new Big Bad Wolf statue will be installed. Guests can expect to see these changes around Memorial Day.
Games will begin at the new Player’s Field South softball complex this May. The $4.5 million complex is composed of four diamonds and is located near the existing Player’s Field. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Jun. 3.
A new trail at Baird Park, located northeast of Holgate Middle School, is ready to explore. Hoven also spoke of plans for a treehouse playground at the Kuhnert Arboretum later this year. //—Annie Scott
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