Coalgate set to build new playground made of recycled plastic
COALGATE, Okla. (KTEN) — The people of Coalgate are taking recycling to a whole new level as they break ground on a new playground made completely out of recycled plastic. The $400,000 project is being built at 45th Infantry Division Park.
"There will not be a playground anywhere like this, because it's custom designed for our kids and our community," said Coal County Chamber of Commerce president Johnny Sandmann.
Another special feature of this playground is that it was designed by the kids of Coalgate themselves.
"It really was a group effort with all of the kids to theme it and design it," Sandmann said.
They met with kindergarten through 4th graders to discuss what they did and didn't want in a playground.
"They can look out the window and say they had something to do with it when they drive by point it out to their parents," said Coalgate resident Levi Southern, who is helping with the project.
The people of Coalgate will not pay anything for this new project.
"We have raised over $400,000 locally from generous donors such as the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the local city and county government, and over 150 local individual donors to the project," Sandmann said.
Construction will begin on November 8, and volunteers plan to get it all done in one weekend.
The playground is expected to be open to the public at 5 p.m. on November 12.