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Published August 16, 2011, 09:01 PM

New Design Chosen For Sherlock Playground

Sherlock Park in East Grand Forks is getting a new design and some big improvements after it burned down in May. The new design was drawn yesterday. The castle theme will continue with the new playground, but some new features will be added.

Sherlock Park in East Grand Forks is getting a new design and some big improvements after it burned down in May. The new design was drawn yesterday. The castle theme will continue with the new playground, but some new features will be added.

"We're taking this opportunity to improve it, add on to it. The castle is just going to be an amazing castle," Project Coordinator Penny Pape said.

Improvements include a bigger castle, more benches in the toddler area, and a fire truck to honor the firemen who worked hard to save what they could.

"We feel good about it. It looked good and you know big castle in the front. They made the pirate's ship twice as big as it was, and they made the firemen's truck, you know, pretty cool. So a lot of good things going on," East Grand Forks Parks and Recreation Superintendent Dave Aker said.

The Sherlock Forest Playground will be rebuilt next month. An unintentional fire at the end of May destroyed more than three-fourths of the playground. Efforts to rebuild it have been put on the fast track.

"Extremely short. We had a whole year eight years ago, and now just with having to deal with some of the things that you have to with city-owned. Now that we're ready to go we're pushing everything together in a short six weeks," Pape said.

And that means a lot of volunteers will be needed for construction efforts. There will be three shifts every day starting Monday, September 19th and running through Sunday, September 25th.

"Some of them need to have carpentry experience and the others who don't, there's sanding and sealing and routering," Pape added.

"There's 100 jobs, so you can take any one of them," Aker said.

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up online through the East Grand Forks city website. But if you don't sign up, you're still encouraged to come during any of the shifts. Those shifts run from 8:00 a.m. until dark.

Donations are still welcome to help rebuild the playground. The city still doesn't know the final cost of the new playground. Organizers are waiting for final bids to come in, and for the cost of rubber mulch.

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