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Published September 27, 2011, 07:10 PM

Sherlock Playground Reopens After Being Destroyed by Fire

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The new Sherlock Park Playground opened Tuesday night after more than a week of construction.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The new Sherlock Park Playground opened Tuesday night after more than a week of construction.

The old playground was destroyed in a fire at the end of May. The community has since come together and built an even bigger playground.

"We've come a long way," project coordinator Penny Pape said.

Just over a week ago, Sherlock Park was charred. But on Tuesday, a castle-like playground filled with children sits in the park.

"This is a very special place to many families, so it's good," Pape said.

The past week hasn't been easy. A late load of lumber coupled with low volunteer turnout over the weekend set the ribbon-cutting back.

"It puts the pressure on, but it looks like it's going to be okay, it's going to be good," volunteer Loren Abel said.

"It's built from scratch, so you know it's amazing and we lost our momentum when our lumber wasn't here for those 2 1/2 days, we lost that momentum," Pape said.

But hundreds of volunteers came out the past two days to finish the playground. Tuesday's work included monkey bars, tons of rubber mulch and more woodwork.

"A good community project," Abel said.

And after a day of work, volunteers cut the ribbon and kids ran inside to try out their new playground.

Volunteers say the childrens' excitement is worth all the hard work.

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