LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Children in need will have some brighter days at the Salvation Army with some new playground equipment starting this week.
The forty thousand dollar equipment upgrade will replace the old wooden equipment which had rotted posts and was not up to code.
The new structures are powder coated and rubberized giving them a much longer life span and making them safer for the kids. The fire departments of La Crosse and Onalaska each have volunteers helping with the installation of the new gear.
Vern Strayer has been volunteering with the Salvation Army for more than 18 years and heads the project. "Its important to me personally, because I have grand kids of my own that I see go to playgrounds. And I see the shape of some of the playground equipment that they go to in my home town and this will be a lot nicer."
The new playground will be assembled and finished off Thursday morning with a backfill of sand followed by a layer of rubber mulch.
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