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Playground renovations begin at Don Fox Park

Sinclaire Sparkman • Updated Oct 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Heavy construction machines rolled into Don Fox Community Park on Tuesday to prepare the playground for new equipment. 

Workers ripped out the creaky wooden bones and overturned the dirt for a new foundation. New equipment should be in place by mid-December.

“It’s been a great playground,” said Lebanon Parks and Recreation director William Porter. “Now we’re looking to update so we can keep it safe.”

Upgrades include materials like steel and plastic, rather than wood, and clear visuals so parents are able to keep a better eye on children. There will be slides and swings and paths for wheelchairs. Accessible swing sets and gliders will be in place for children with special needs, and shaded areas will offer musical ways to play. 

Some parts of the old playground will remain in place to pay homage, Porter said, to a well-loved piece of Lebanon. A fence with names will stay in place around the playground, and the castle entrance will also remain. 

Construction will continue through November, and Porter said workers hope to have the playground complete by Dec. 18. The new equipment should start to be assembled Nov. 6.

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