Ojibway play structure taken down, to be donated
WOODBURY — The Ojibway Park playground structure, removed Oct. 31 to make way for new park development, will be donated to an organization that builds playgrounds in impoverished countries.
The city has donated used play structures to the organization, Kids Around the World, several times before, including the Timberlea play structure to a Syrian refugee camp in 2015, the Edgewater play structure to Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) in 2016 and the Evergreen West play structure to Iraq in 2017.
The city said it typically recycles the metal and plastic of old playground structures, though the process is time consuming and little revenue is generated.
The new playground installation, part of the Ojibway Park Redevelopment Project, is scheduled for spring or summer of 2019. At a September City Council meeting, the project budget was finalized at $3.38 million, surpassing the original project budget of $2.5 million.