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City invites all to reopening of Creative Playground

The City of Yuma is proud to officially announce the Stewart Vincent Wolfe Creative Playground will reopen less than one year after succumbing to arson.

The grand reopening ceremony and special play day will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 19. The playground is located in West Wetlands Park, 282 N. 12th Ave.

The event will commence with several remarks, including words from Mayor Doug Nicholls, City Administrator Greg Wilkinson, Parks and Recreation Director Debbie Wendt and Deputy City Administrator Ricky Rinehart. Then, the playground gates will be opened.

Once opened for play, children will be invited to participate in a scavenger hunt. Once they’ve had their card marked at each of the stops, they can turn in their entry for a chance to win a birthday party at the playground. The winner will be drawn at random from among the completed entries.

“The winner will have the cost of his or her birthday party covered for up to 20 people,” Rinehart said.

Other than a possible appearance by Santa Claus – he was invited but has a busy pre-holiday schedule – the rest of the event is about allowing the children to play in a playground whose original features were sketched out by area students prior to its volunteer-fueled community buildout and opening in 2007.

The playground is being rebuilt by a contractor with funds from the City’s insurance and includes some improvements, such as a fire suppression system, the quality of materials used, and added security features. Members of the community turned out on two recent Saturdays to assist with painting tiles used on playground roofing and on the item built to resemble a dragon.

“We hope the community will step up again when we begin the ‘bigger, better, safer’ expansion of the playground in the upcoming year,” Rinehart said.