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Tykes take to revamped Minnie Park

It hasn’t taken long for many Grass Valley children and parents to realize work on the Minnie Park Playground is complete, and the park is a popular place to play.

Late Monday morning, the park was crawling with little tykes playing enthusiastically on the new equipment as their parents watched from the sidelines.

“It’s very nice,” said Kristi Nicholson of Alta Sierra as she watched her son Max, 2, play. “It’s 100 percent better than it was.”



Discarding a big slide that didn’t accommodate small children in favor of smaller equipment lower to the ground is a key change, Nicholson said.

Playground improvements were needed to keep up with safety guidelines set by various national consumer product safety groups, said Public Works Superintendent Richard Fitzhugh.




Grass Valley paid Newland Entities, Inc. $88,000 from a variety of state grant and local funding sources to rubberize the immediate area around the playground and to replace the old playground equipment. The playground was closed for nearly two months before construction was completed on March 20.

One new attraction, “Freddie the Fire Truck,” a cartoonish-appearing fire truck, caught Max’s attention.

Nicholson rocked the “truck” for an enthused Max.

Ben Miller of Grass Valley, who was pushing his 20-month-old daughter, Melia, on the playground swing, expressed sentiments similar to Nicholson’s.

“It’s nothing they can’t handle,” Miller said, referring to the children’s abilities to play on the new equipment. “You kind of let them have at it and don’t worry.”

The city no longer worries about maintaining sand around the playground equipment, which had become a burden, said City Engineer Tim Kiser.

Kiser said previously, the city had to replace the sand and make sure it didn’t become compact.

Friday, a grand reopening of Minnie Park Playground, between Brighton and Butler streets in Grass Valley, kicks off at noon with refreshments. Vice Mayor Lisa Swarthout and Nevada County Supervisor Hank Weston are scheduled speakers.

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To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@theunion.com or call 477-4234.


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